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The First Games By: Saloni Rao
Hello, My name is Saloni Rao and today I will be talking about the First Olympic Games.
Not everyone in Ancient Greece was eligible to compete in the Olympics. Only Greek and boys, who were free citizens, not criminals, and whose city states agreed to participate in the Olympic truce of the games, were allowed to compete. The truce was written on a bronge discus kept in the Temple of Hera.
The Olympic Games, which originated in ancient Greece as many as 3,000 years ago, were revived in the late 19th century and have become the world’s preeminent sporting competition. From the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D., the Games were held every four years in Olympia, located in the western Peloponnese peninsula, in honor of the god Zeus. The first modern Olympics took place in 1896 in Athens, and featured 280 participants from 13 nations, competing in 43 events. Since 1994, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games have been held separately and have alternated every two years.
As you can see, some of the events featured in the first olympic games were discus throwing, running, boxing, and jumping. These were just the few out of many.
There were 5 days of the Ancient Olympics. On day 1, the athletic competitors and their trainers went to the vouleutirion, or council building in Olympia. Day two began with a procession of horses, riders and chariots into the hippodrome, or horse racing arena.The most important religious event of the whole Olympic festival started on day three and was the sacrifice to Zeus. The fourth day of competition was mainly for contact sports.Day five was the final day of the Olympics. This day was a day to celebrate the accomplishments of the winners. The rest of the day and evening was spent feasting.
Even though it took 1503 years for the Olympics to return, they were an historical moment in history and an educational one as well. Well, I guess this is goodbye, for now.
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