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Olympic Games

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

An ancient Greek festival with athletic, literary, and musical competitions held at Olympia every four years, traditionally from 776 bc until abolished by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in...

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Olympian Games

Thomas F. Scanlon.

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Classical History. 1356 words.

Ancient traditions posit various origins of the Olympic games in the Bronze and Dark ages, notably the canonical versions of

Hellenism

Katerina Zacharia.

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Classical History. 1071 words.

With the Archaic period and with the development of Panhellenic institutions, like the Olympic games, and the rise of enemies,

Possessing Antiquity

Eleana Yalouri.

in Re-imagining the Past

June 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical History. 5799 words.

Drawing on a growing literature in material culture studies, this chapter calls for a more systematic engagement with ‘matter’ as a way of illuminating the dynamic ways in which antiquity...

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athletics, late antiquity

Sofie Remijsen.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online April 2019 .

Article. Subjects: Ancient Greek History; Byzantine Studies. 2087 words.

Whereas chariot races gained popularity in late antiquity, athletics declined. Traditional agones, such as the Olympics, disappeared in the course of the 4th and 5th centuries ce. The...

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