This lavishly illustrated publication takes readers into the world of ancient Olympia. It explores the important political and cultural role it played, together with its lasting legacy of peaceful competition and athletic excellence. The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 and, since then, the number of nations competing has grown from 14 to more than 200.
Featuring hundreds of photographs and illustrations, this book also includes essays by scholars in the field offering a global perspective on the phenomenon that the Olympic Games has become, tracing its evolution from a great idea to a grand spectacle.
Publication date 2013