CLAS/HIST240 Ancient Societies: Sport and Recreation
Monmouth College
, Monmouth, Illinois
Instructor: Thomas J. Sienkewicz (

Monmouth College Statement of Athletic Philosophy

Chronology / Greek Pantheon / The Major Gods/
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Perseus Project's "Context of the Games and the Olympic Spirit"

Konrad Lorenz: Triumph Ceremony of the Greylag Goose / Measuring Behavior
Meynall: Ethology and Ethics

The Olympic Games: FACTS
"Holy Games:The Olympics Are Rooted in Religion, HOLY GAMES" by Peggy Fletcher Stafk

Christ' review of Miller's Arete by Christ (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 02.07.04) /
Romano's review of Miller's Arete (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 04.02.07)

A. E. Housman's "To An Athlete Dying Young"

Ancient Locker Rooms / Samaranch Aside, Corruption's as Ancient as Games / Revival of Ancient Nemean Games / Commodus' Garden Colosseum / Gladiatorial Fever in Italy /
Kofi Annan on the Olympic Truce /
Victor Davis Hanson's "Olympic  Corruption? It's All Greek to Me"

On recent excavations at Nemea:

Recreating the Nemean Games / Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games / Ancient Nemea

The "Myth" of the Ancient Olympics:

An Olympic Sports commentator on the ancient Olympics:

The headline for this article is inaccurate. This chair was not used at Olympia for the Olympic Games , but in Athens for the Panathenaic games. Clearly a case of sloppy editing!

Galen on Ancient Medicine and Sport:

List of Important Geographic Terms / Quiz on Olympic SiteSample Map/Geography Quiz / Sample Multiple Choice Questions

Aeneid V

The Circus Maximus: Rome Past and Present / Tracy Sibberson on the Circus Maximus / ArtsEdNet on the Circus Maximus   / The Roman Hippodrome / Eggers' on Circus Maximus / Encyclopedia Romana on the Circus Maximus / The Circus Maximus

Prof. Sienkewicz' Writing Guidelines
Sports Bibliography

Other Classics websites you may find useful

Reference Site


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