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April 15, 2010
Compare and Contrast Essay Final Draft
The Olympics were first held in Olympia, Greece in the year 776 B.C.E. According to legend, the ancient Olympic Games were founded by Hercules, the son of the Greek god Zeus. During ancient times they were held every four years in the summer and always in the same place. The ancient Olympic Games grew and continued to be played nearly 1200 years. In 393 CE, the Roman emperor Theodosius I abolished the Games because he believed they brought about religious influences. About 1500 years later, a young Frenchmen named Pierre de Coubertin began the revival of the Olympics, and upon the approval he established the International Olympic Committee. Since then the Olympics has continuously changed over time. Each important feature has been altered to better suit modern times. THESIS THESIS THESIS THESIS THESIS THESIS THESIS THESISTHESIS THESIS THESIS THESIS THESIS
First and foremost, Ancient Olympics and Modern Olympics have different basis and purposes for the events that occur. The ancient Olympic Games were held as a religious event to honor the Greek God, Zeus. A hundred oxen were typically given as a sacrifice. Religious celebrations were held in honor of the great statue of Zeus, being one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Yet in modern Olympics the Games are a well-known event whose purpose is to link sport with culture and education, promote the practice of sport and the joy found in effort, and help to build a better world through sport practiced in a spirit of peace, excellence, friendship and respect. Modern Olympics have turned in a different direction for the purpose of the Olympic Games and encouraging international community and service.
Additionally, the Olympics have altered in which the types of competitors that are chosen are becoming more diverse. In Ancient Greece, only Greek male citizens were allowed to compete...