Abstract for Keynote Address
"War and Peace in the Ancient and Modern Olympics"
The modern Olympics * like the ancient * are often supported and celebrated as a means of fostering peace among peoples. In fact, the ancient festival was as closely linked to warfare as to peace and the famous Olympic truce, far from putting a stop to wars, merely provided a safe passage to those travelling to Olympia to take part in it. It is therefore an inappropriate basis for a campaign for a period of peace around today's festival. However, both ancient and modern Olympics do provide models of more effective ways to achieve that result, and more.