Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 13

The library has several books about the ancient Olympic games of Greece, which included footraces:

  • The ancient Olympics / Nigel Spivey
  • The ancient Olympic games / Judith Swaddling
  • The Olympic games : the first thousand years / M. I. Finley and H. W. Pleket
  • Sport and society in ancient Greece / Mark Golden
  • Greek Sport and Social Status (eBrary)

The very long footrace known today as the marathon was inspired by the ancient battles at the city of Marathon, when couriers were used to communicate military information between distant points. Some texts on the famous invasion at Marathon when the Persians attempted to conquer Athens include:

  • The Greco-Persian wars / Peter Green 
  • Fifteen decisive battles of the world / Edward Shepherd Creasy
  • History of Greece : From the Time of Solon to 403 B. C. (eBrary)
  • Ancient Greece : From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times (eBrary)
  • History of the Classical Greek World, 478-323 BC (2nd Edition) (eBrary)

Additional information can be found in our print and online encyclopedias, as well as journal articles.

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