The Olympic Games Chariots of Fire

  • Carlton Club |
  • Lecture |
  • Friday 14 October 2011 - 18:45 until 22:00
A talk by Hilary Hope Guise and dinner at the Carlton Club

Panathenaic amphora with decoration showing racing quadriga, c 520 BC

Panathenaic amphora with decoration showing racing quadriga, c 520 BC

A talk by Hilary Hope Guise and dinner at the Carlton Club

'The Olympics!' still brings a frisson of excitement that no other world event can equal. There is something heroic about the struggle to win a ‘gold’ that echoes the distant world of the Ancient Greeks, who would risk their lives for a crown of wild olive leaves.

White-knuckle chariot racing was the glory of the Games, and all for no financial reward, and with no 'health and safety'! The time-honoured rule that all hostilities ceased during the games is also sadly absent from the modern Olympics as is the tradition that all athletes competed naked.

NADFAS lecturer Hilary Hope Guise will draw on ancient sources to bring the games to life in the year of our British Olympics. Held in the Carlton Club’s Churchill Room, a three-course dinner with wine follows the talk.

Venue details

Carlton Club
69 Saint James's Street London London SW1A 1PJ