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Games for the Gods : the Greek athlete and the Olympic spirit / by John J. Herrmann, Jr. and Christine Kondoleon ; with a foreword by Bill Littlefield

Herrmann, John J. Kondoleon, Christine

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ISBN 10: 0878466800 / ISBN 13: 9780878466801
Published by Boston, Mass. : MFA Publications, A Division Of The Museum Of Fine Arts, 2004
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An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.; 201 pages; Physical desc. : xiv, 201 p. : col. Ill. , map ; 24 x 26 cm. Published in conjunction with the exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, July 21-Nov. 28, 2004. Includes bibliographical references (p. 197) and index. Subject: Olympics in art --Athletes in art --Art, Greek --Athletes --Greece --History --Exhibitions. Summary: As Athens prepares for 2004, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, proudly presents the original Olympics in all their sweaty, heroic glory. Like today, sports were a vital part of daily life in ancient Greece. Games for the Gods unearths the original traditions of athletics, highlighting both the fascinating similarities and the jarring differences between the ancient ways and our own. We might not be used to such Classical customs as associating athletic festivals with certain gods, seeing our athletes compete in the nude, or having them indulge in dirty fighting as accepted practice (then again.) , but the excitement of competition, admiration for athletic skill, and adoration of champions--as well as several of the sports--are just as familiar to fans today as they were to the ancients. The Greek games here come to life in a series of texts that explore the Olympics then and now, the origins of the games and various athletic events, and the ways in which the contests were prepared for and the victors honored. With stunning illustrations of over 140 sculptures, vases, and coins, as well as photographs of modern athletes, Games for the Gods is a unique celebration of the Olympic spirit through the ages. 2 Kg. Bookseller Inventory # 155591

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Title: Games for the Gods : the Greek athlete and ...

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : MFA Publications, A Division Of The Museum Of Fine Arts

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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As Athens prepares for 2004, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, proudly presents the original Olympics in all their sweaty, heroic glory. Like today, sports were a vital part of daily life in ancient Greece. Games for the Gods unearths the original traditions of athletics, highlighting both the fascinating similarities and the jarring differences between the ancient ways and our own. We might not be used to such Classical customs as associating athletic festivals with certain gods, seeing our athletes compete in the nude, or having them indulge in dirty fighting as accepted practice (then again...), but the excitement of competition, admiration for athletic skill, and adoration of champions--as well as several of the sports--are just as familiar to fans today as they were to the ancients. The Greek games here come to life in a series of texts that explore the Olympics then and now, the origins of the games and various athletic events, and the ways in which the contests were prepared for and the victors honored. With stunning illustrations of over 140 sculptures, vases, and coins, as well as photographs of modern athletes, Games for the Gods is a unique celebration of the Olympic spirit through the ages.

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Christine Kondoleon is the George and Margo Behrakis Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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