Ancient Greece: Olympic Games

by: Cora Castle

Chariot Racing

  • was one of the most popular sports
  • racers wore a garment called a xystis
  • chariots were wooden carts with open backs pulled by horses
  • winner received 140 amphorae of olive oil

Horse Racing

  • most prestigious competition in the games
  • very similar to horse racing today
  • three events: four-horse chariot, two-horse chariot, and horse with rider
  • took place in a hippodrome

Javelin

  • made out of wood
  • tall as an average man
  • they attached a small piece of leather to the javelin called a thong
  • two events: throwing for distance and throwing at a target

Discus

  • made of stone, lead, or iron
  • those found had a diameter of 17 to 35 cm
  • average weight was about 1,3 kg and 6,6 kg
  • differences in weight was because of age differences in the males that were competing

Works Cited

"Ancient Olympics." Ancient Olympics. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.

"Ancient Olympics." Ancient Olympics. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.

"The Ancient Greek Olympics Part 2: The Games They Played." The Ancient Greek Olympics Part 2: The Games They Played. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.

"Chariot Racing." Chariot Racing. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Sept. 2015.