Modern Day Olympics are a huge tradition that sweeps the screens of televisions across the world. Competitors take the arena with uniforms that dawn their countries colors and designs that are meant to resemble their designated flag. For months the news is centered around the games; the preparation, the athletes, and of course the competition. Countries aren 't obsessed, they are inspired and full of pride seeing athletes from their country compete and show their incredible skill. This tradition dates back to ancient Greece where the games began. Tony Perrottet writes about the traditions of the ancient game in his book The Naked Olympics. Perrottet makes his thesis clear to readers beginning with his book cover. The books cover displays five naked men who are illustrated running using common drawing techniques of ancient Greece; each man is wearing a contemporary pair of running sneakers. This lays the groundwork to make readers think about how traditions mentioned in Perrottets writings connect to the modern games. However Perrottet rarely relates anything in his writing to traditions in modern Olympics leaving readers to infer. The flaw in this is …show more content…
A great example of this is a sub-chapter in his book titled Sports Bars on Wheels. Up until the games it appears that moderation in terms of alcohol was used. Public drunkenness was discouraged so much that 'meden agan, ' which meant 'all things in moderation, ' was engraved on temple pediments. Throwing this slogan aside the game had wine vendors who somehow became very popular and profitable. A Greek doctor named Mnesitheus had argued that binge drinking had positive and purgative effects on ones health. Wine carts were desisted from at any other time of year but most only used their services during the Olympics when it wasn 't considered so
book (pg. 166) under the subtitle of “The “anomaly” of mass support for athletics”, Kyle discusses another authors work (D.M. Pritchard) that converses popular culture and popular attitudes about athletics were reflected in Old Comedy and speeches. Pritchard asserts that even though athletics preserved the wealthy and the privileged, the lower-class people still enthusiastically supported the athletes and athletics. He says that despite the non-elite Athenians seeing the rewards and privileges given to them, the lower-class people still identified with the athletes. Why? Spectators, assuming they themselves were former athletes, still carried a passion for athletics that did not die out when they became of age to stop playing games and start going to work for their families or going to war for their city-state. So, since they can not continue their athletic careers, they look to those
Since 776 BCE, the Olympics have been a way for people of different cultures to come together and compete in friendly competition. In 1892 the first modern Olympics were held in Athens, although it had been over a thousand years since the last game it still had brought together an assortment of different religions and ethnic groups together. Many factors shaping the Olympic Games reflect the changes that have taken place in our world since the last game in 393 CE in Greece such changes include woman’s suffrage, global economy, world wars, and proving competency.
Athletics were an expression of the philosophical, religious and civic values that were at the very heart of Greek culture. In the world of the ancient Greeks, well-educated individuals were expected to be balanced mentally, spiritually, and physically (http://www.mediaconcero.com/olympic/olympia/ideal_o.php, September 27, 2004). It was felt that athletics aided in the creation of such an individual. Athletic events during this period were not simply displays of physical prowess, but an integration of the facets of Greek culture.
Sutherland, Mary, and Michael T. Wise, eds. Chronicles of the Olympics. New York, NY: D.K. Pub., 1998.
Pericles’ statement, “A woman’s reputation is highest when men say little about her, whether it be good or evil,” reflects a common attitude towards women’s activities in ancient Greek society. Ancient Greece fostered a demeaning role for women restricting their level of education, choice in marriage, and enforcing strict social norms. However, persuading shreds of evidence suggest that some Greek females did participate in athletic competitions alongside men, primarily at religious ceremonies as they advanced toward maturity. Women’s participation in sports is a somewhat recent social phenomenon, and acceptance of that participation by cultures worldwide is an even more recent phenomenon.
In Ancient Greece they formed the Greek Olympics in the year 776 B.C in which participants participate to honor the gods and demonstrate their physical abilities. What was amazing was that those who participated were only participating in honor and not prizes. Something that they would win was the olive wreath which was basically winning the honor and recognition of the people and the gods. Comparing to the ancient time and now is that there are now commercialized, endorsements, and sponsorships for athletes to represent companies in the Olympics. However, the Olympics still hold true to the idea that it is still a place for participants compete with the best in the world for the honor (gold,silver, and bronze medal). Also, if we look at the sculpture of the Diskobolos made by Myron of Eleutherae it represented the general athlete in motion and would symbolize the ancient times athlete. But something that is different about now and the Greek ...
By comparing ancient Greek Olympic to modern day Olympic, it becomes clear that ancient Greek Olympic and modern day Olympic are slightly different. One different is the gender of the competitors. In Ancient Greek, the competitor must be a man only because the entire athlete is the heavy sports. Also, they have to train at Olympia for a month before the Games but for the modern Olympic, both man and woman can take part of the game because of the equality of human. The second things in which these two periods of time are different are the prize of the winner who won the competition. For the ancient Greek winner, the prize will be an Olive wreath because Greek believes that that the olive wreath was given by the hero Hercules as a reward for
The Olympic Games plays a significant role in the world. The relationship between it and host countries is important to investigate for comprehending cultural studies. According to Xu and Kirby (2008), the Olympic Games has a considerable impact on the expression of national identity. For example, London applied this approach to promote its national identity. This can be discovered from the BBC video called James Bond escorts The Queen to the opening ceremony in 2012 (2012): an amiable identity is perceived by the audience through presenting corgi at Buckingham Palace. Moreover, China is no exception. There is an image about the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, it shows a spectacular drumming performance. In addition, an article about
The following essay provides discussions of the scope and objectives of the London Olympic Games 2012, and identifies event major stakeholders. Work break-down structure, McKinsey 7S, PESTLE Model and other relevant planning techniques will be introduced to demonstrate project requirements such as infrastructures, financial, man-power, technologies, resources, risks management, operations, procedures and more. This essay will also point out the obstacles faced by the project manager during the preparations of the events, and provide solutions adopted that influenced project outcomes.
The Olympic Games were started by the Greeks a long time ago. It was in the honor of Zeus, the kings of the gods and were part of a religious festivals. They started in 776 B.C. The games were held every four years in Olympia, which is located in southeast Greece. People came from all around Greece to take part or just watch the games. Events in the Ancient Olympic Games were boxing, chariot racing, riding, pentathlon, discus, javelin, jump, running, and wrestling. Events in modern Olympic Games are swimming, diving,
Everyone knows about the Olympic Games in present times; the world watches the top athletes from every country compete in a variety of sports. But few really know of the essence of the games other than they are held every four years, there are winter and summer games, the best of the best are entered, and the famous Olympic torch never dies out.
Introduction Today, the Olympic Games are the world's largest pageant of athletic skill and competitive spirit. They are also displays of nationalism, commerce and politics. Well-known throughout the world the games have been used to promote understanding and friendship among nations, but have also been a hotbed of political disputes and boycotts. The Olympic games started thousands of years ago and lasted over a millennium.. The symbolic power of the Games lived on after their demise, and came to life again as the modern Olympic Games being revived in the last century. Both the modern and Ancient Olympics have close similarities in there purpose and in there problems.
Does “Citius, Altius, Fortius” mean anything to you? It would if you were an Olympic athlete competing for your country. That phrase translates to faster, higher, stronger and is the Olympic motto. Every four years both amatuer and professional athletes come together for one of the most famous sporting events. The Olympics allow the world to watch these athletes as they represent their country and hopefully promote a positive competitive atmosphere. Despite any differences between the countries, the three aspects of the Olympics that get showcased are the athlete, the sport, and the Olympic city.