Olimpick, Olympic, and Olympian: Public lecture at University College London, 22 May


On Tuesday 22 May. I’m giving a public lecture at University College London on the history of the Olympic Games. The talk is being organised by UCL’s Department of Greek and Latin, so it will have a classical flavour. I’ll be exploring the many different ways in which Britons, from the Renaissance to the Victorian period,┬áre-imagined┬áthe ancient Olympic Games, and borrowed freely from them with imagery and vocabulary for their own sports pastimes. The illustrated lecture will take place in the Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre at UCL, and will be followed by a reception and a chance to buy a copy of The British Olympics.

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