The Original Olympics
By: Sam Torno
Origin of the Games
The games were a tribute to all Gods of lived on Mount Olympus supposedly started by Hercules. They were held in Olympia at the base of Mount Olympus "Olympics".
People from all over Greece to watch the Olympics. All of the city-states would declare a truce so people could safely travel to visit the games. Any social class could attend and un-married women could attend but not married women. Lower class people would stay in tents while the rich stayed in hotels. The stadium could hold 50,000 people and at the end their was a giant banquet.
Milo of Kroton
The six time Olympic wrestling champion and war hero
Theagenes of Thasos
The runner and boxer that was inspired by a statue of Zeus on the ground when he was walking home one day
Diagoras of Rhodes
The boxer and father to a long line of Olympic champions
Ancient Games Compared to Modern Games
Pankration was the intense boxing wrestling cross over if very few rules. The only rules were that the winner won after the opponent was knocked out, and you couldn't attack their eyeballs. Although people still went for eyeballs and no one cared. Also if a person was on the ground but not unconscious they could still be attacked.
Why the Olympics were Cancelled
In 393 A.D. pope Theodosius I thought the games were pagan and against God so he banned the games.
The Games' Return
In 1896 the first modern Olympics were held after Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France inspired leaders to form the I.O.C. and restart the Olympics.