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Ancient Greece • Ancient Rome

Ancient Greece

The ancient olympics were first held in 776 B.C. They were held every four years in the hottest days of summer. In the first olympic games if you won you didn’t receive a gold, silver, or bronze medal. A Hellanodikai (a greek judge) would place a palm branch in his hands, while the spectators cheered and threw flowers at him. Red ribbons were tied on his head and hands as a mark of victory. The official award ceremony takes place on the last day of the games. The ancient olympics started out as a religious festival dedicated to the supreme god, Zeus.

Ancient Rome

In Ancient Rome, the only rule in gladiator battles was to fight until the opposition couldn’t fight back. If the loser didn’t die or was slightly wounded, his fate fell in the hands of the emperor. If the emperor gave a thumbs up, the warrior lived, and if he gave a thumbs down the official finished him with a wooden mallet. Gladiator battles were the most violent Roman sport. Average battles lasted 10-15 minutes. The life of an average gladiator lasted 20-30 years. If the loser didn’t die or was slightly wounded, his fate fell in the hands of the emperor. If the emperor gave a thumbs up, the warrior lived, and if he gave a thumbs down the official finished him with a wooden mallet. The winners received palm branches also, If you won you were considered a sport celebrity.

Similarities

One of the things Rome and Greece had in common was that they both had chariot racing as one of their sports or events. Also, If you won a gladiator battle in Rome you won a palm branch. If you won the olympics you won a palm branch too. In both to be a competitor you had to be athletic and fit.

Differences

Some differences are that Rome only had 3 sports and the olympics had many. Also, Rome did not have olympics, Greece did. Also Greece didn't have Gladiator Battles or Boxing.

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Citations

"First Modern Olympics Is Held." History.com. A&E Television Networks. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.

"Ancient Roman Olympics | Publish with Glogster!" Glogster. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.