Wednesday, 10 August 2016


In view of the occasion, we would like to make you aware of an interesting op-ed by David Pritchard in which he compares the significance of the Olympic Games now and in Ancient Greek times. The author poses the question of whether modern countries such as the UK and Australia are justified in spending several million Dollars on their Olympic teams and whether the games can still be seen as an international contest offering a peaceful alternative to war as a means of proving one’s national or regional standing.

The op-ed has been published in English (The Age , 8 August) as well as in French (The Conversation, French edition, 13 May) and in German (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 9 June). You might also be interested in Pritchard’s new monograph entitled “Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens”.

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