Friday, July 27, 2012

The Olympic Games: How They All Began

A Free BAS eBook takes you on a journey to ancient Greece with some of the finest scholars of the ancient world.

It’s back—that special two week festival, held every fourth summer, when elite athletes from all over the world gather to pummel one another in the spirit of brotherhood: the Olympic Games. In time for this year’s Summer Games, the FREE BAS eBook The Olympic Games: How They All Began looks back at the ancient Olympiad and find that indeed there’s nothing new under the summer sun.

Every two years, the summer and winter Olympics draw global attention as people follow the modern version of the world’s most ancient and venerable competition. What are the origins of this 2700-year-old event? Tracing the enigmatic, mystical genesis of the Greek Olympiad, this free eBook takes you on a journey to ancient Greece with some of the finest scholars of the ancient world. Discover the original religious significance of the games and the brutality of the athletic competitions themselves. For any fan of the Olympic Games, this is an entertaining and educational must-read.

Via http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/the-olympic-games-how-they-all-began/