THE ANCIENT GREEK OLYMPICS by Richard Woff

THE ANCIENT GREEK OLYMPICS

Age Range: 9 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Woff offers a quick overview of the ancient games’ purpose and structure, emphasizing that they were regarded more as worship than entertainment. The author describes the athletes’ oaths, rituals, and strenuous preparations, as well as each day’s events, then adds chapters on women’s athletics, the proliferations of the games that led to the development of professional athletes, and the modern revival of the Olympics. Anecdotes from ancient writers flesh out the recital, and the illustrations—a mix of classical art and artifacts with shots of 20th-century Olympians—create visual links between the old and new games. Some photographs (e.g., the one of a New York Yankees ticker-tape parade) have been inserted as filler, but readers will get a basic picture of the games and their origins. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: Jan. 27th, 2000
ISBN: 0-19-521581-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Oxford Univ.
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1999