War and Peace in the Ancient and Modern Olympics
Friday, 06 July 2012
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
- UQ Location:
Forgan Smith Building (St Lucia)
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- Professor Mark Golden (University of Winnipeg, Canada) will present this free public lecture as part of a weekend conference 'Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern', 6-8 July, 2012 (Room E303, Forgan Smith Bldg).
The modern Olympics – like the ancient – are often supported and celebrated as a means of fostering peace among peoples. In fact, the ancient festival was as closely linked to warfare as to peace and the famous Olympic truce, far from putting a stop to wars, merely provided a safe passage to those travelling to Olympia to take part in it.
It is therefore an inappropriate basis for a campaign for a period of peace around today’s festival. However, both ancient and modern Olympics do provide models of more effective ways to achieve that result, and more.
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