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A view of the ancient ruins of the Stadium at Olympia with its centerpiece 210-yard track. (Roger Wood/Corbis)

No Bob Costas? Why the Ancient Olympics Were No Fun to Watch

Spectators braved all manner of discomfort—from oppressive heat to incessant badgering by vendors—to witness ancient Greece's ultimate pagan festival

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