- Homer, Hesiod, shame-cultures, competition and athletics
- The Olympic victor-lists and archaic Greece: sport, religion and politics
- The Olympic Games in the fifth century BCE
- The Olympic Games in the fourth century BCE
- The development of the religious landscape at Olympia
- The Odes of Pindar and aristocratic values
- The Hellenistic and Roman Olympic Games
- Were there any 'Olympics' after Theodosius?
- The Enlightenment and Europe: the path to revival of the Olympic Games
- Greece in the nineteenth century: the 'forgotten' Olympics
- Pierre de Coubertin, Demetrios Vikelas, W. P. Brooks: Athens 1896
- The Olympic Games and Politics: Berlin 1936
- The changing nature of the Olympics in the twenty-first century
- Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must have completed a Level 1 Ancient history subject before enrolling in this subject of study.
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as HST260 The Olympic Games, Ancient and Modern.
This subject centres on the Olympic Games in broad context from their origins in the eighth century BCE, to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, as a unique way to explore the Mediterranean world through the lens of Greek culture, and the modern uses of Greek antiquity. The ancient half of the subject explores the links between religion, athletics and high culture in the Greek and Roman world, while the modern half traces the ideals of physical culture and the Olympic Games, in elite discourse and the popular mind, from the eighteenth-century enlightenment to the most recent Games.
- Assignment 1 - Essay (10%)
- Assignment 2 - Essay 1 (20%)
- Assignment 3 - Essay 2 (20%)
- Assignment 4 - Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
- Assignment 5 - Online Discussion (10%)