Department of Greek & Latin


The Ancient Olympics


The London Olympics of 2012 formed the backdrop for an exciting series of lectures, debates and exhibitions, involving some of the most distinguished experts worldwide, which explored the ancient origins and evolution and modern receptions of the games. This site gathers together some of the themes and ideas which emerged from this programme, together with ancient texts, links to artefacts, and extracts from the conference on Sport and Competition in Ancient Greece and Rome held at the British Museum in June 2012.

Watch the talks on Youtube!