Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Olympic Ideal, Golden Age Version

Mary Beard reminds us that we are following brilliantly in the footsteps of our predecessors.

But were the ancient games much better? Were the ancient Greeks up-standing and honest sportsmen, honouring the gods rather than their own ambition?

Not really.
They also cheated, mostly through bribery. [ed. technological limitations, no doubt]

As always, read the whole thing.

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