Combining a wealth of vivid details with a knack for narrative pacing and subtle humor, Perrottet Pagan Holiday renders a striking portrayal of the Greek Olympics and their role in the ancient world. While our modern games certainly pay homage to the Greek festival that was held uninterrupted for more than 1, years, the book's title refers to the most pronounced difference between the two: Ancient athletes competed in the nude, adorned only with olive oil. That they were cramped, hot and dizzyingly unsanitary apparently did little to dissuade throngs of people from the often treacherous journey to Olympia to catch glimpses of their heroes.
Is naked diving the next Olympic sport? From the looks of these photos, we can only hope. You know that little bar of text that shows up on your TV screen to indicate the athlete's name and stats?
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Basically, what it is, yeah, is all the divers from the Rio Olympics look like they're naked because of the very unfortunate placement of the scoreboards on the telly. Look at all these Twitter users with the same excellent sense of humour as me. Basically, pretend-naked diving is something we should all support.
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A half-naked activist sporting bunny ears and a fluffy tail braved the Olympic chill in Pyeongchang to protest the fur trade Tuesday but, shivering on high heels, side-stepped the thorny issue of dog meat. As temperatures plunged to minus 16 degrees celsius, hardy animal rights campaigner Ashley Fruno, peeled off down to just a white bra and knickers while waving a sign that read "champions don't wear fur" outside the Olympic media centre. However, despite withstanding the bone-chilling cold for more than 15 minutes in her skimpy undies, she insisted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA had no plans to protest South Korea's controversial dog meat trade.
But what does athletic nudity mean today and what did it mean then? Does the naked or semi-nude athlete still serve a purpose in today's culture? It is a Panathenaic prize amphora from BCE.
The Naked Olympics by Tony Perrottet. As the summer Olympics return to Athens, Tony Perrottet delves into the ancient world and lets the Greek Games begin again. The acclaimed author of Pagan Holiday brings attitude, erudition and humor to the fascinating story of the original Olympic festival, tracking the event day by day to re-create the experience in all its compelling spectacle.