Olympics Roundup-Part Two

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Olympics Roundup-Part Two


This Olympics Roundup follows up on Part One (in TSL 59-3) which looked at resources covering the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.

Exploring the ancient Olympics

A Google search for 'History of the Olympic Games' gleans the usual Wikipedia information first (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Olympic_Games). However, I am a novice Olympian and would not be able to judge the accuracy of the information, therefore I am searching for peer-evaluated and reliable sources and will require verified and checkable authors.

BBC Ancient Greeks

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/ancient_greeks/the_olympic_games/

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BBC Ancient Greeks is more appropriate to the younger years, with short bites of information based on the very first Olympic Games.

Further Olympics information from the BBC can be found within its studentlife (www.bbc.co.uk/schools/studentlife/) pages, but concentrate on the Beijing Olympics and the Irish Special Olympics.

A quick search at www.bbc.co.uk/search/learning/olympic_games brings up 213 relevant BBC pieces of information covering all types from Business in Sport to China's Olympic expectations.

Perseus

www.perseus.tufts.edu/Olympics/

The Perseus Project is a comprehensive research resource for the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world, originally on CD-ROM but now web-based. This offshoot site (last updated in 2004) was created to coincide with the 1996 Olympic Games. Easy click-through layout with a nice use of imagery. A good mine of historical information that crosses the Key Stage borders for use.

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Nostos

www.nostos.com/olympics/

This information is hosted by the Nostos Hellenic Cyber Centre UK, which 'provides information on Greek affairs, business and organisations in the United Kingdom ... which would be of interest to the public in general but also to individuals with special interests in Hellenic affairs.' Information provided covers the ancient, and chronological development of the Olympic Games in simple, text only format which is divided into sub-headers on which one can click, or one can scroll down to view it all. …

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