The Naked Olympics Selected for University of Arizona’s Classics Course

August 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment


In The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games, Tony Perrottet delves into the ancient world and brings erudition and insight to the fascinating story of the original Olympic festival, tracking the event day by day to re-create the experience in all its compelling spectacle.

“This is the book to read if you want to know what it felt like to be a spectator or a contestant at the ancient Olympic Games. Perrottet brings the scene to life in all its pageantry and squalor, with its beautiful bodies, rotting meat, flies, and broiling heat. Then, as now, the Games brought out the best and the worst of human potential, and blood, sweat, tears, sex, and money were all part of the Olympic experience, along with religion, bribery and politics.”
–Mary Lefkowitz, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College and author of Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn from Myths

The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games will be the University of Arizona’s book in their Ancient Drama/Classics 240 course this fall.

For more information on the book and the author, click here.

Order an examination copy here.

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