E-Musings: Olympics, Then and Now
August 2004 Regional and International Edition
Opening ceremonies for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece take place August 13, with the international games running August 14 to 29. At Penn Museum, we've been making our own preparations for the big Games - so we can give YOU a unique perspective on them!
Direct from Athens, Greece!
Penn Museum's own ancient Olympics expert, Dr. David Gilman Romano, wrapped up a season of excavation at Mt. Lykaion (just 17 miles from Olympia, home of the first Olympics, circa 776 B.C.) last week - just in time to take his family to attend the Olympics in Athens, Greece. We asked him if he'd be willing to send us web journals offering his expert (and personal) take on the Games - then and now. He's agreed.
If you aren't going to the Games this year, and even if you are, bookmark this page, and check back every other day or so, beginning today, to find out what's going on in Athens - from the perspective of archaeologist and ancient Olympics expert Dr. Romano.
Do you feel that the Olympics of today has been corrupted by politics and commercialism? Do you long for those halcyon days of yore? If so, Dr. Romano wants you to bone up on THE REAL STORY OF THE ANCIENT OLYMPICS. That's the name of his award-winning Penn Museum website, just updated this year! http://www.museum.upenn.edu/new/olympics/olympicintro.shtml
Once you start reading about the ancient Greek Olympics, you may find yourself curious, again, about those incredible Greeks. It may be time to revisit the Museum's air-conditioned, ancient Greek World gallery, part of "Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans." If you can't make it in, you could take our virtual tour of The Ancient Greek World: http://www.museum.upenn.edu/Greek_World/index2.html
If the Olympics in Greece whets your appetite for the timeless beauty of the region, Penn Museum Publications has a new book, due out August 16, just for you. MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPES, edited by Drs. Effie Athanassopoulos and LuAnn Wandsnider, both of the department of Anthropology and Geography at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, features 53 illustrations from Classical archaeological sites. http://www.museum.upenn.edu/new/publications/MedLandscapes.shtml
Place your order with a click to the Publications website, above, or a phone call to 1-800-537-5487 (and if you're a Penn Museum member, request your 10% discount).
THE MUSEUM SHOP still has a few commemorative cachet featuring the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece postage stamps on a handsome envelope with images of Penn Museum and the ancient Greek vase that inspired the stamp. The limited edition collector's cachet, $5 each ($5.35 with sales tax), is perfect for the stamp collector or athlete. For more information, call the Shop at 215/898-4040.