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David Gilman Romano, Senior Research Scientist in the Mediterranean Section of The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is also Adjunct Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He received an A.B. in Art and Archaeology from Washington University, St. Louis, an M.A. with Honors in Physical Education from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. The title of his dissertation (1981) was “The Stadia of the Peloponnesos,” an architectural study of the ancient Greek stadium in southern Greece. Since 1982 he has been teaching Classical Archaeology and Classical Studies classes at the University of Pennsylvania including ‘Ancient Athletics’. His research interests include Greek athletics and the ancient Olympic Games, ancient Greek and Roman architecture and city planning, and computer applications in archaeology. He has participated in archaeological fieldwork in Greece at Athens, Corinth, Gournia, Nemea and Mt. Lykaion. Since 1987 he has been the Director of the Corinth Computer Project, a long-term study of the city and landscape planning of the Roman city of Corinth. In 2004 Dr. Romano will begin a new survey and excavation at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion in Arcadia. This sanctuary was the site of the Pan-Arkadian Lykaion Games and includes a stadium and the only visible hippodrome in the entire Greek world. The Sanctuary of Zeus is located high on a mountain and is only 15 miles from the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia. Learn more at the Mt. Lykaion project website.

His books include Athletics and Mathematics in Archaic Corinth: The Origins of the Greek Stadion, 1993; The Catalogue of the Classical Collections of the Glencairn Museum (With Irene Bald Romano), 1999; Mapping Augustan Rome (in collaboration with Lothar Haselberger), 2002. He is also an athlete, a long distance runner, as well as a former physical education teacher and track coach.
This special website is based on "Boycotts, Bribes and Fines" an article by Dr. David Gilman Romano (see bio on right) which appeared in Penn Museum's Expedition Magazine in 1985 "Exploring 5000 Years of Athletics."

The Ancient Olympics: Athletes, Games and Heroes
videolecture by David Gilman Romano
Institute for Mediterranean Studies
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Many of our present-day athletic events are modeled on those of ancient Olympics, and many of the words used in antiquity--like stadium, discus, and pentathlon--are still used today. Dr. Romano discusses the rituals and rules of the Olympics and explains the various events and customs of the five-day Olympiad. In addition, he focuses on the athletes and heroes and the rewards, scandals and politics that surrounded them! This multi-faceted introduction to the ancient Olympics includes sculpture, vase paintings and contemporary scenes of athletic competition. The video, The Ancient Olympics: Athletes, Games and Heroes is intended for home viewing by the general public as well as for use in educational settings. With its interdisciplinary approach it presents material directly connected to Ancient History and Religion, as well as Classical Archaeology; in addition, it is of great value to anyone interested in athletics, ancient and modern.
1996 VHS; 55 minutes
distributed by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies
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