The ancient Greeks loved competition of all sorts. Each year, the various city-states of Greece sent athletes to festivals of games, which were held to honor the gods. The most important and prestigious were the games held at Olympia to honor Zeus, the king of the gods.
The Games Overview The ancient Olympic Games were primarily a part of a religious festival in honor of Zeus, the father of the Greek gods and goddesses.
The festival and the games were held in Olympiaa rural sanctuary site model shown here, courtesy of the British Museum in the western Peloponnesos.
The Greeks that came to the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia shared the same religious beliefs and spoke the same language. The athletes were all male citizens of the city-states from every corner of the Greek world, coming from as far away as Iberia Spain in the west and the Black Sea Turkey in the east.
The sanctuary was named in antiquity after Mt. Olymposthe highest mountain in mainland Greece. In Greek mythology, Mt.
Olympos was the home of the greatest of the Greek gods and goddesses. The ancient Olympic Games began in the year BC, when Koroibos, a cook from the nearby city of Elis, won the stadion race, a foot race feet long.
The stadion track at Olympia is shown here. According to some literary traditions, this was the only athletic event of the games for the first 13 Olympic festivals or until BC. From BC, the Games were held in Olympia every four years for almost 12 centuries.
Contrary evidence, both literary and archaeological, suggests that the games may have existed at Olympia much earlier than this date, perhaps as early as the 10th or 9th century BC.
A series of bronze tripods have been found at Olympia, some of which may date to the 9th century BC, and it has been suggested that these tripods may in fact be prizes for some of the early events at Olympia.
The marathon is a modern event that was first introduced in the Modern Olympic Games of in Athens, a race from Marathon northeast of Athens to the Olympic Stadium, a distance of 40 kilometers. According to the fifth century B. The distance of the modern marathon was standardized as 26 miles yards or The distance was the exact measurement between Windsor Castle, the start of the race, and the finish line inside White City Stadium.
Nudity At The Games? There are two stories relating to the question of nudity at the ancient Olympic Games. One story states that it was a runner from Megara, Orsippos or Orrhippos who, in B.
Another tradition is that it was the Spartans who introduced nudity to the Olympic Games in the 8th century B.
It is not clear if the very first recorded victor at Olympia, Koroibos, who won the stadion race in B. It seems fairly clear that by the late 8th century nudity was common for the male contestants.
The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in The man responsible for its rebirth was a Frenchman named Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who presented the idea in His original thought was to unveil the modern Games in in his native Paris, but delegates from 34 countries were so enthralled with the concept that they convinced him to move the Games up to and have Athens serve as the first host.
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According to the Greek history, the first Olympic Games in the Greek Antiquity can be traced back to the BC. The games were dedicated to the 12 Olympian Gods and were hosted on the ancient green plains of Olympia, the place was famous for its magnificent great temples of the two gods Zeus and his wife Hera.
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