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 VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 8 years ago
The Commonwealth Games, to be held in Delhi has at last been confirmed and the participating countries have been convinced by the tireless efforts of the organizing committee and local authorities. The games start on October 3, 2010 and ends on 14th. Ever-since the preparations began two...
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 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 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 George Green 6 years ago
What was your favorite event in the 2012 Olympic games?
by Barry Rutherford 6 years ago
I see that the London 2012 Olympics will include Women's Boxing for the first time in 100 years. Should Women be allowed to Box at the Olympic Games/
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