Olympic Myths

Two programmes looking at the ancient and modern Olympic Games.

Episodes

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01Naked Ambition20000907

Mark Whittaker discovers that the ancient Greek athletes were highly paid professionals who played to win. Why then did the Victorians invent the myth of the Olympic amateur?

02 LASTSurvival Of The Fittest20000914

He examines why a 19th-century French aristocrat wanted to re-invent the ancient Greek Games and explores the influence of French nationalism, British public schools and social Darwinism on the modern Games.