Sandra and Ivo Rato

Discover the lost history of the Ancient Olympic Games.

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Chariot of Knowledge: The Lost History of the Ancient Olympic Games

Discover the lost history of the Ancient Olympic Games.

In popular belief, the Olympic Games were primarily a Greek invention. Yet, this perception covers a secret history that connects the games not only to the “classical” societies of the Greeks and Romans, but also to the Bible, earlier Middle Eastern mythologies, and the supposedly barbarian tribes of northern and western Europe.

Chariot of Knowledge finally reveals the long-hidden story of the wider traditions that the Ancient Olympics were just one part of. Based on years of research into ancient sporting events and European mythology, Sandra and Ivo Rato connect the famous games to a nigh-universal set of mystical beliefs that reach all the way back to the roots of Indo-European civilisation. In doing so, they also reveal the motivations that have seen these truths repressed for so many centuries.

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About the authors

Sandra Rato and her father Ivo Rato worked together in the research and writing of Chariot of Knowledge: The Lost History of the Ancient Olympic Games. Their investigation of the Ancient Olympics’ secret history is grounded in their Lusitanian (Portuguese Celtic) heritage, and was refined through Sandra’s studies in archaeology and anthropology at La Trobe University. Their shared journey towards publishing this book began with a re-enactment of the ancient Isthmian Games in Melbourne in 1990, paying homage to Greek culture while shining light on the games’ connection with Celtic sporting traditions.

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