Chris Lisee of the Religion News Service (RNS) has a piece tracing similarities, differences, and developments in religion between the ancient and modern Olympic Games. David Gilman Romano, a professor of Greek archaeology at the University of Arizona, says, “There are many similarities, but there are also differences. And one of the biggest differences is religion.”

Some of the specific issues facing modern athletes, for instance, have to do with religious observance, such as fasting during Ramadan.

But according to the scandalous accounts of carnal exploits alluded to yesterday, worship of the god of pleasure seems to be one of the constants between the ancient and contemporary worlds.