Neil Faulkner discusses the ancient olympics at the London Jewish Cultural Centre
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
12.45pm, London Jewish Cultural Centre
What was it like to attend the Olympics in 388BC? Would the experience resemble Olympic festivals as we celebrate them today? Through an insight into his remarkable book A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics; historian and archaeologist Neil Faulkner guides us back to the heyday of classical Greek civilization to discover what the Greeks did and didn’t do during five thrilling days in August 2,400 years ago. He gives a complete tour of the Olympic site exactly as athletes and spectators found it. To those who are looking forward to London 2012, the spectacle of attending the Games in 388 BC would have been a real eye opener. Come and find out more.
Venue: London Jewish Cultural Centre
Tickets: £10.00 in advance/£12.00 on the door (visit the London Jewish Cultural Centre website to book)
In the Olympic Stadium there were no stands, no shade - and no women allowed. Visitors sat on a grassy bank in the searing heat of midsummer to watch naked athletes compete in footraces, the pentathlon, horse and chariot races, and three combat sports - wrestling, boxing, and pankration, everyone's favourite competition, with virtually no rules and considerable blood and pain. This colourfully illustrated volume offers a complete tour of the Olympic site exactly as athletes and spectators found it. The book evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of the crowded encampment; introduces the various attendees (from champions and charlatans to aristocrats and prostitutes); and, explains the numerous exotic religious rituals. Uniquely detailed and precise, this guide offers readers an unparalleled opportunity to travel in time, back to the excitement of ancient Olympia.