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Ancient Olympia—Gods, Games, and Temples

Lecture no. 8 from the course: The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

Ancient Olympia—Gods, Games, and Temples

Taught by Professor John R. Hale | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Travel Courses

Investigate the practices and culture of the original Olympic games at sites including the palaestra, where important athletes trained; the stadium; and the unusual Temple of Hera. Sense the heat and drama of the contests, as you contemplate the mind-set of the competitors and the significance of athletic competition as worship.

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