Date of Award

3-1-2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Jeffrey Segrave

Second Reader

Daniel Nathan

Abstract

The ancient Olympics are arguably the birthplace of sport and the Olympic Games remain the quintessential expression of international sport. The first recorded Olympic victor was a sprinter from Elis, Coroebus, in 776 B.C. and through Pausanias' travel logs and Pindar's Olympic odes, which first appeared in the 16th century, we have learned about the ancient Olympic Games: the events, the venues, its heroes, and rewards . The ancient games were discontinued in 394 A.D. after Theodosi us the Great decreed to stop measuring time by Olympiads and the Romans did not have the same religious respect for the games.

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