How did it contribute to society?
Winning the Olympics was the greatest honor a Greek man could achieve.
Red ribbons were tied on his head and hands as a mark of victory.
The official award ceremony would take place on the last day of the Games.
Also, before each Olympic Games, a truce was declared between all warring city-states to allow the games to be held without interruption.
At first, the games only involved running a race of 210 yards. Later, other events were added, including longer races, wrestling, javelin throwing, and jumping.
In fact, some scholars believe the Greeks first organized athletic games as part of funeral rituals during the 1200s BCE.