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Olympics in Athens 1896

The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games



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Olympics in Athens 1896 by Michael Llewellyn Smith
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A rich and entertaining work of history, Olympics in Athens 1896 brings together the following intriguing strands: the rise of amateur athletics in competing countries, each with its own particular stamp; the enormous interest aroused by the excavation of ancient Olympia, the site of the ancient Games; the determination of the eccentric French aristocrat Baron Pierre de Coubertin to embody the amateur athletic ideal in a revival of the Games; and a perception by politicians and the Greek royal family that hosting Coubertin's Games could help to put the young Greek state on the European map.

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Michael Llewellyn Smith has been British Ambassador in Warsaw and in Athens. He writes and lectures on Greek history and culture. His books include The Great Island; A Study of Crete and Ionian Vision: Greece in Asia Minor 1919-22.
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June 23rd, 2005
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United Kingdom
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Profile Books Ltd
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