ANTHRO 1052 The Olympic Games: Ideals and Reality: 3 semester hours

What would the ancient Greeks think of the modern Olympic Games? In this course, we examine whether the Olympic Games are living up to their ancient Greek ideals. We begin studying the history and philosophy of the ancient Olympic festival in an effort to understand the personal, educational, and political nature of the Olympic ideal. Next we examine the historical and contemporary reality of the modern Games from the perspective of athletes, spectators, and socity at large. Based on these accounts, we critically evaluate the Games' success and failure with respect to their ideals. Finally, we develop constructive solutions to the problems we identify, suggesting pracitical ways to revise the Olympic ideals and/or improve Olympic reality.