[Image: Roman Temple]
[Image: The Colosseum]

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies


Olympics 2012

Olympics ancient and modern

2012 is a great year for athletics. And for the history of athletics. The whole concept of peaceful international competition through sport has its origin in the ancient world. To celebrate the return of the games to London after 64 years we are offering a rich programme of events devoted to sport and competition, ancient and modern. Through exhibitions, public lectures, conferences  our programme looks not just at events and sites but at the idea of competition, the pursuit of excellence, motivation, rewards and prizes; we look at the way the ancient games have travelled across space and time, from a small site in ancient Greece to worlds then undreamt of. We look at the rebirths and revivals, at the different shapes the original idea has taken in different periods and cultures down to today.

How to Navigate the Site

Use the Calendar of Events for an overview of all events, exhibitions, lectures, debates and conferences in chronological order. For more information about individual events, simply click on the Event in the Calendar, or use the index on the left hand side of this page.


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