Ancient Greek will resound in full Pindaric style at the welcome gala for the International Olympic Committee on Monday July 23.
An Olympic Ode, composed by an Oxford University academic, will be read in ancient Greek by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
"I have no doubt that the members of the International Olympic Committee are fully versed in ancient Greek, but to ensure the elaborate puns can be fully appreciated, I shall have the pleasure of vocalizing the Ode twice, once in Greek and then again in English," Johnson, who studied classics at Oxford University, said.
Update, July 30, 2012
Listen to a small portion of Mr. Johnson’s recitation at the opening event for the International Olympic Committee on July 23.
Update August 7, 2012
And here is a complete performance of the ode on August 2. The occasion is the installation of a plaque containing the text of the ode in both Greek and English near the Olympic Stadium. Dr. Armand D'Angour, the author of the ode, gives more details of Mr. Johnson's recitations.