||History of The Olympic Games
Author: Constantine L. Sirracos
Format: Paperback, 248pp
Pub. Date: 2002
Publisher: Seaburn Publishing Group
History of The Olympic Games, Constantine L. Sirracos, ISBN: 1885778538
From ancient times, man has in various ways ex-pressed his natural inclination
towards sporting activities.
This inclination, which cultivates the competitive spirit, is based on such
concepts as the enthusiasm for distinction, the admiration of excellence, the
joy of victory, and the satisfaction of special feelings and ideals. The
involvement with athletic activities soon became one of the dominant forces in
the lives of almost all people around the world and the sporting ideal found
its best expression in modern times in the worldwide recognition and revival of
the Olympic Games. The immense history of the Greeks includes the development
of athletic ideals that found expression during the 5th century BC in great
Hellenic sanctuaries of Olympia, Delphi, Isthmus, and Nemea. This book contains
the complete history of the games which was finally inaugurated at 776 BC and
still remains the only single event in mans history that is widely celebrated.
Greece, the cradle of western civilization, philosophy, science and democracy,
was also the birthplace of these Olympic Games and Constantine Sirracos book
clearly illustrates the glory of these games like no other book.
In ancient Greece, sport constituted an inseparable part of every man's
education. The Olympic spirit is the culmination of the ideal of education in
ancient Greece, since it combined physical training, spiritual promotion, moral
worth, democratic equality, and human brotherhood. It was here, in Greece, that
the harmonious development of a man's body, mind and soul formed the ultimate
ideal of human life.
The Olympic games, which were the most important athletic games in ancient
Greece, reflect the immortal spirit of Greece that aims at promoting the human
"kallos", Greek for excellence, the sum total of the attributes of morality,
justice, beauty of body and mind, and involvement with higher sentiments and
It is of utmost importance that the Games be kept away from politics and vested
interests and remain a world-wide human expression of friendship, peace and
love; a unique event during which language, race and religion barriers no
longer exist; an event in which social position and material wealth play no
role in determining an individual's respect and admiration.
It is the present author's view that in order to keep politics and other
differences out of the Olympic Games and to prevent the Games from becoming
platforms on which athletic ideals will be sacrificed for political expediency,
a tendency that will inevitably kill the Olympic idea, the Games should take
place on a permanent, site that would be located in the birth-place of the
Olympic ideal, in ancient Olympia. Although this could remove corruption and
nepotism from the game, it will also limit the interaction of the youths of the
world in one way or the other, a fact that must no be ignored.
— Paedeia Magazine