The original Olympic Games were an ancient Greek festival, held at the end of every fourth year at Olympia, in Southern Greece. They had a semi-religious character, and were open to members of all branches of the Greek race.
During the festival no fighting was allowed anywhere in Greece. The winner of the Games received only a wreath of wild olive, but the prize was valued above anything else that a Greek could obtain. The winning of it conferred permanent glory on the country as well as the family of the victor.
The first Games of which there is a record were held in 776 B.C., from which year Greek dates were reckoned, each games year being called an Olympiad. Thus, 772 B.c. was the second Olympiad, 768 B.c. the third Olympiad, and so on. The fact that the Olympiads were made the basis of Greek chronology shows the great importance attached to these contests. The Games continued to be observed for over 1,100 years, and were not finally abolished till A.D. 394· The modern Olympic Games date from 1896, when an athletic meeting open to the whole world was held at Athens. They preserve a link with the Games of Ancient Greece in the Olympic Flame which is kindled in the ruins of the Temple of Zeus in Greece and borne by runners to the place where the Games are being held.
by molometer 6 years ago
How did you like the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games.The summer games have opened in London. Did you like the way the ceremony was put together. What did you enjoy the most/least.
by David 6 years ago
Will you be watching the Summer Olympic Games?
by Infinity2000 10 years ago
Will air pollution dampens the level of competition, and more record - breaking results over the previous Olympic Games at Athens (2004)? Seven days to the Games, let us begin the Competition between nations , the best country wins the most Gold medals.
by Greg Schweizer 2 years ago
Why do they have to have professional athletes in so many of the Olympic games these days?I believe that the Olympics should be like the days of old. I believe the younger athletes should have the opportunities for the sports. The pros that are there have already had or are getting there chance to...
by Dan Robbins 4 years ago
Do you get excited about watching the Olympic games?Is it just the opening ceremonies? Certain events only? All of it?
by MickiS 6 years ago
Where will the summer Olympics be held in 2016?
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