The ancient Olympic games have long served as an ideal. Their revival in the 19th century by Pierre de Coubertin promoted the values of universal brotherhood and the excellence of the amateur, the non-professional who competed solely for the love of the sport. Since then we have come to understand much more about the ancient games though archaeology and literary history. This lecture will discuss how the first Olympics diverged in many ways from what de Coubertin had imagined.
Lecture dedicated in memoriam: Dr. Barbara McLauchlin, Professor Emerita of Classics, San Francisco State University, and former President of the Board, California Classical Association-North
This event is cosponsored by the California Classical Association-North.
The Ancient Art Council thanks the Board of the California Classical Association-North for its cosponsorship.
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January 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
The Ancient Olympics Facts and Fictions
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by Dr. Susan Stephens Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities, Department of Classics, Stanford University
Free AAC and CCA members / General: $5 donation