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The Untold Story of the Founding of the Olympic Games…
by John A. Martino and Michael P. O’Kane
In ancient Greece and across the Mediterranean, kingdoms strive for dominance. The great powers of
Carthage and Egypt look on with avarice as the might of the Greeks is spent warring between
themselves, oblivious to external dangers. Year in and year out, the people suffer at the hands of their
rulers and the famine and pestilence that comes with conflict. The great rulers of the day are
themselves helpless to end this cycle of destruction. While life on the battlefield is cheap, the slave
trade flourishes through the years of interminable battle and death. Kings and queens pray to the gods
and seek wisdom from the oracles, but the gods, it seems, prefer combat to diplomacy.
At Olympia, the peace of the temple precinct is an island of calm in a sea of turmoil. Here on this
sacred soil grows the seed of a better future, yet even here there lurks danger and deceit as the forces
of destruction reach into the sanctuary of the gods. For this seed to thrive, it will take more than
prayers and goodwill.
Yet often hope springs from the most unlikely sources. There is one amongst the Greeks who sees
light where others only perceive darkness. One who sees that there is another way to settle conflict –
with honor and courage. One who will set aflame a torch that will burn for thousands of years, down
through the ages. In an epoch of chaos and strife, a new force for peace is born.
Hardcover, 6 x 9 in. (229x152mm)
Date of Publication: July 1, 2021