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Baker, J. William, “Organized Greek Games”: Golden, M. Richard, The Social Dimension of Western Civilization, 1982, 58-66 In the article, “Organized Greek Games”, the author, William J. Baker’s goal was to educate on the difference between Olympic Games as they are today, compared to Olympic Games as they used to be in ancient Greece. In this article, William Baker also described to us, the relationship between the ancient Olympic Games, and Greek religion, what some of the Greek philosophers thought of the Olympic Games, and the role of athletics in general, in ancient Greek Society. William Baker’s article, “Organized Greek Games”, went along very well with his thesis statement; which was, “Virtually everyone knows that the modern…show more content…
(Article pp.58) This article relates to the subject matter of this western civilization history course because in this course we have discussed the roles that women have played in history, and in this article, William J. Baker educates us on the ancient Greek Olympic Games and how they were played; however, women were not allowed to participate in any of the games. This relates because earlier on in history, women barely had any rights at all. Often, there were many things that women were not allowed to participate in. Baker’s article could possibly refute public errors and misconceptions because some people may not know so much about the Olympic Games. Many people may not even know or realize where the Olympic Games were even started. Some people may also not know that the ancient Olympic Games were very much modified compared to the Olympic Games being held in our world today. Some may think that swimming, kayaking, and archery were games played in ancient Greece; however, they were in fact, not played at all as Olympic sports in ancient Greece. In this article, Baker’s writing style was very simple for the reader to comprehend. Since this article was mainly about the Olympic Games, and Greek religious traditions, more people may in fact be interested in reading this article; therefore, this article contributes to the overall education of the

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