A Look at the 'Naked Olympics'

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The laurels of victory and the agony of defeat. Passionate fans, corruption and overpriced food. It's been 2,700 years since the first Olympic games — some things have changed and some haven't. From naked athletes to chariot races, join NPR's Neal Conan for the true story of the ancient Olympics.


Tony Perrottet
*Author of The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games

Alexander Kitroeff
*Professor of history at Haverford College in Haverford, Penn.
*Author of Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics



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