Zánik antických olympijských her

Title in English The Decline of the Ancient Olympic Games


Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Znovuzrození olympijských her : sborník příspěvků ze semináře Českého výboru Pierre de Coubertin, 4.-6. říjen 2019, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Ancient Olympic Games; barbarians; corruption; decline; earthquakes and floods; professionalization; unfair practices
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Description The article deals with the decline of the ancient Olympic Games; especially with the final phase of this phenomenon, which was accompanied by the corruption and various unfair practices and changes taking place in connection with the very decline and professionalism. Not only the exhaustion of the Greek culture and Roman civilization led to the decline of the Games; barbarian raids and natural disasters (earthquakes, floods), and the pilferage of Olympia (whether artifacts and works of art or building materials) also played a strong role here. Despite all the negative influences and disasters, the games were banned even officially (Theodosius I and Theodosius II).
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