David Stuttard avec Power Games: Ritual and Rivalry at the Ancient Greek Olympics
Power Games Power; the power of the gods; the power of Greek cities; the power of the human body: all these were celebrated at the ancient Olympic Games. This title revolves around the Games of 416 BC a turning point in Greek politics when a cold war between Athens and other major cities was about to erupt into bloody fighting. Full description
'David Stuttard can make language crack and spark like an electric storm.' --Yorkshire Evening Press
'[Stuttard's] prose is admirably direct and accessible.' --The Guardian
Stuttard s writing is immensely readable and engaging. Empathetic descriptions of the often rather unpleasant- conditions for spectators and competitiors are interspersed with clear factual descriptions of the site and the events, as well as interludes of telescoped history from before and after 416BC which help to contextualize and explain the events themselves. --BBC History Magazine
From the Inside Flap
Featuring fresh translations of ancient sources, alongside vivid eye-witness accounts and lively anecdotes, 'Power Games' showcases the rituals, official banquets, victory celebrations and political parleys that took place amidst the astounding athletic achievements of the ancient Greek Games.
With the London 2012 Olympics drawing ever closer, this timely and absorbing tale will shed new light on the Olympic tradition.
A thrilling and exciting read - This gripping narrative presents ancient history in a unique and accessible way.
David Stuttard is a classicist and author of 'An Introduction to Trojan Women' and co-author of 'AD410: The Year That Shook Rome' (British Museum Press, 2010).