Ancient Greek Olympics

By: M Chandler

Who invented the Olympics?

The Greeks invented the Olympics. These games were held to honor their gods. The most honored god in ancient Greece is Zeus, a sky god. Hera was Zeus wife, she had her own festival for unmarried woman. Woman couldn't compete in ancient Greece Olympics at the time, they could only do long distance runs.

What events did they do in the ancient Olympic games?

There were a lot of different events in the Olympics. The Olympics included foot races, wrestling, discus throw, Javelin throw, long jump, and much more. The most popular event was wrestling, in wrestling the aim was to throw the opponent to the ground three times on either his hip or shoulder. The discus is another popular event. The discus is a circle shaped figure made of stone, iron, bronze, and lead. Greeks thought throwing the discus was as important as strength.

Where did the Olympics take place in ancient Greece?

The first Olympics was held in Greece. The events took place in a stadium, built in the city of Olympia. Olympia was a major city in ancient Greece. The population of Olympia was 13,409. In the fourth century AD the games were held every four years in Olympia. Olympia is located in the western Peloponnese Peninsula.

When did the ancient Olympics start?

The Olympics began in 776 BC. The first written record of ancient Olympics games date to 776 BC, when a cook named Coroebus won the only event-a 192- meter foot race. Games were held after the harvest had been brought in mid-August or in mid-September. By the mid-600s BC other events were added. From 776 BC through 393 AD, it took 1,503 years for the Olympics to return. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896.