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Book Number   000319568
ISBN   Link9780691210476 (cloth)
  Link9780691218533 (epub)
Main Entry   LinkBarringer, Judith M., 1959-
Title   LinkOlympia :. a cultural history / Judith M. Barringer.
Imprint   LinkPrinceton : Princeton University Press, 2021.
Descr.   xvii, [1], 281 pages, 32 pages with plates : 32 plates ; 27 cm.
Language   eng
Abstract   "Olympia was among the most important sites in the ancient Mediterranean world, not only because of its famous athletic games, but also because of its religious sanctuary, oracle, and political importance. Its games attracted 45,000-50,000 people to the site, who came to watch male athletes compete for everlasting glory. The winners were entitled to erect bronze statues of themselves in the Altis, the most sacred area of the site, where they stood among images of gods and heroes. Cities and rulers triumphant on the battlefield trumpeted their successes with sculpted monuments at this sacred site. Rulers and kings, Greek and Roman, visited Olympia, competed in the games, bestowed monuments on it, and took others away as booty. Everyone who was anyone in antiquity had to leave their mark at Olympia, and the monuments they left behind were not placed haphazardly but engaged in dialogue with each other. A Cultural History of Olympia explores the development of the site from the construction of its first monumental building c. 600 B.C. to its transformation into a Christian site in the fourth century A.D. Organized chronologically, and focusing on themes such as warfare, marriage, and exemplary conduct, this study traces how the site changed, how monuments interacted with each other, and what this place and its monuments meant to ancient patrons and visitors. This is the first holistic view of the site and one that offers the latest research with beautiful illustrations in a manner accessible to all readers"--
Subject - Lib.Cong.   LinkOlympia (Greece : Ancient sanctuary) -- Antiquities
  LinkOlympia (Greece : Ancient sanctuary) -- History
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