Greek Olympics Essay

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The Greek Olympics The Greeks held many events and festivals in honor if their gods. One of the most significant and famous festivals were the athletic, or the sports festivals. There were three types of festivals in Greece; the Isthmos games which were staged every two years at the Isthmos of Corinth, the Pythian Games took place every four years near Delphi and the most famous games which were held at Olympia. The Olympic Games began over 2700 years ago in Olympia, a valley near a city called Elis, which is in the southwest of Greece. The games were part of a religious festival. The Greek Olympic Games (which began in 1869). The Games were held in honor of Zeus, king of the gods, and were staged every four years. People from all over the Greek world came to watch and take part. Also, the Games were an attractive means of getting men fit. Another factor in the traditional Greek view was that the gods championed a winner, so by creating a competition aimed at producing supreme winners, they declare the power and influence on humans of the highest god, Zeus. No women were allowed to watch or participate in the games and only Greek nationals could participate. One of the ancient wonders was a statue of Zeus at Olympia, made of gold and ivory by a Greek sculptor Pheidias. This was placed inside a Temple, although it was a towering 42 feet high. At the first one-day Olympic Games, the only event was a short sprint from one end of the stadium to the other. Gradually more events were added to make it four days of competitions. In 472 BC, the games expanded from 1 a one day festival to a five day festival with many events. The orders of the games were not known exactly however it was certain that the first day of the events was dedicated to sacrifices. On the middle day of the festival, 100 oxen were sacrificed in the name of a God. Athletes also independently prayed and

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