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Free Lectures in Honor of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
In celebration of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, The Teaching Company is proud to present a pair of free commissioned lectures, Ancient Origins of the Olympic Games.
Although the modern version of the Olympic Games has been around for over 100 years since its revival at the 1896 games in Athens, the Olympics have a rich and exciting history that goes back to ancient Greece. A crucial aspect of Greek culture, the ancient Olympics emphasized the ideas of heroism and honor established by Homer's epic poetry. The games were meant to celebrate physical strength, speed, and manhood. Most importantly, they embodied the spirit of competition (agon) that defined ancient Greek life.
The games as they were played back then bear a striking contrast to the Olympics as we know them today:
Ancient Origins of the Olympic Games is delivered by Professor McInerney of the University of Pennsylvania. .
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Limited Time Offer: Available until September 4, 2008