Ancient Greece and the Olympics by Mary Pope OsborneA Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics
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15 Fascinating Facts About The Ancient Olympics
The ancient Olympic Games were originally a festival, or celebration, of and for Zeus ; events such as a footrace, a javelin contest, and wrestling matches were added later. They were held in honor of Zeus , and the Greeks gave them a mythological origin. The first Olympics is traditionally dated to BC. The games were held every four years, or olympiad , which became a unit of time in historical chronologies. During the celebration of the games, an Olympic Truce was enacted so that athletes could travel from their cities to the games in safety. The prizes for the victors were olive leaf wreaths or crowns. The games became a political tool used by city-states to assert dominance over their rivals.
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Most SURPRISING Facts About The Ancient Greeks!
Jamie Frater , Updated August 15, This lends us the perfect opportunity to present a list of fascinating facts about the Ancient Olympics — held in Olympia, Greece. No one actually knows what the origins were of the very first games. One myth suggests that Heracles the divine son of the god Zeus ran a race in Olympia and decreed that it be repeated every four years. The olympic games were one of two central rituals in Ancient Greece.
Full of blood, passion and extraordinary feats of athletic endeavour, the Olympic Games were the sporting, social and cultural highlight of the Ancient Greek calendar for almost 12 centuries. So, they actually had to delay putting the army together to defend the country against the Persians. All free Greek males were allowed to take part, from farmhands to royal heirs, although the majority of Olympians were soldiers. Women could not compete or even attend. There was, however, a loophole to this misogynistic rule — chariot owners, not riders, were declared Olympic champions and anyone could own a chariot. Kyniska, daughter of a Spartan king, took advantage of this, claiming victory wreaths in BC and BC. At their heart, the Games were a religious festival and a good excuse for Greeks from all over the Mediterranean basin to gather for a riotous barbeque.
Known for its athletic competitions, the ancient Olympic Games were originally a festival in honor of Zeus. The actual origins of the games are unknown due to a heavily tangled history of mythical stories relating to the gods. The Olympic games were only one of two central rituals that Greece celebrated at the time. The other was an older, more grounded, religious festival called the Eleusinian Mysteries. The origins of the first games are believed to have been a foot race that occurred annually between young women who competed to become the priestess for the goddess Hera. The first recorded competition for women in the Olympic Stadium was the Heraean Games in the 6th century BC, which consisted of foot races for both men and women.