In this Olympic year we look to the place where this tradition of sporting excellence began – Olympia and Ancient Greece.

A place full of wonder, magic and myths, what is the real history behind the ancient site and what do its ruins tell us about life in the Roman World? In her book Olympia classical archaeologist Judith Barringer gives us an up-close look at the religious and political history of the site and delves into its archaeological record. In A Thing of Beauty Peter Fiennes travels to the Olympia and the sites of some of the most famous Greek myths on the trail of hope, beauty and a new way of seeing what we have done to our world. They join Julia Wheeler to chat about the legacy of these sites and why the stories surrounding them still have such an impact today. What’s to be seen at the places where heroes fought and gods once quarreled? 

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