In a city in southwestern Greece, called Olympia, is the birthplace of the Olympic games. Created to offer thanksgiving and honor to Zeus, chief god, the first record of the Olympics dates back to 776 bc and the event occurs every four years thereafter. The first day of the festival was devoted to non-human sacrifices as praise to the gods. Speeches from famous philosophers , poetry readings parades, and banquets were also held before the games begun. Athletics were of immense importance to the Greeks.
A cook, Coroibus of Elis, was the first recorded winner. The first few Olympics had only local appeal and were limited to one race on one day; only men were allowed to compete or attend. A second race--twice the length of the stadium-- was added in the 14th Olympics, and a still longer race was added to the next competition, four years later. When the powerful, warlike Spartans began to compete, they influenced the agenda. The 18th Olympics included wrestling and a pentathlon consisting of running, jumping, spear throwing, discus throwing, and wrestling.
Olympia, site of the olympic games, is part of the Peloponnese, the island of Pelops. Pelops was the founder of the olympic games and we owe him a great deal. Olympia wasn't only a place for sports its also a place for worship, religious, and political practices. The Olympics are held every four years, the modern olympics started in 1896 Athens, Greece. "The summer olympics have 38 sports in total"(Great Olympic Moments pg.
He drew his inspiration from the ancient Olympic Games. After visits to England and the United States, Coubertin formulated a plan to revive the games. In June of 1894, his vision became a reality when delegates meeting in Paris voted to hold modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 (8). The first world leader to sponsor the Olympics for an almost purely political motive was Adolph Hitler with the 1936 Summer Games. For two weeks in August of that year, Germany was the site of the most lavish Olympic games that had been held up to that po... ... middle of paper ... ...of the Month Club.
The History Of The Olympic Games Introduction Today, the Olympic Games are the world's largest pageant of athletic skill and competitive spirit. They are also displays of nationalism, commerce and politics. Well-known throughout the world the games have been used to promote understanding and friendship among nations, but have also been a hotbed of political disputes and boycotts. The Olympic games started thousands of years ago and lasted over a millennium.. The symbolic power of the Games lived on after their demise, and came to life again as the modern Olympic Games being revived in the last century.
On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games are reborn in Athens after being banned by the roman Emperor Theodosius I for 1,500 years. King George I of Greece welcomed the crowd of about 60,000 spectators and athletes from 13 nations into the competition with, “I hereby proclaim the opening of the first International Olympic Games at Athens.” The first Olympic Games were held in the city of Elis in 776 B.C. The Olympics were at least 500 years old at the time. Every four years, the ancient Olympics were to be held during a religious festival honoring Zeus, the Greek god. In the beginning, the events were limited to foot races, but eventually numerous events were added, including boxing, wrestling, horse and chariot racing, and military competitions.
Since 1896, the year the Olympics were resurrected from ancient history, the Olympics have been a symbol of the camaraderie and harmony possible on a global scale. The gathering of athletic representatives, the pride of the pack, from participating governments, even throughout the recent Cold War period, is proof that world unity is possible; just as it was in Ancient Greece with the polis or city-states. Olympic Games were held throughout Ancient Greece, but the most famous are the games that were held in Olympia in honor of Zeus every four years from August 6th to September 19th. The first record of these games is of one Coroebus of Elis, a cook, winning a sprint race in 776 BC. Most historians believe the games to have been going on for approximately 500 years before this.
The games were made to offer blessings and honor to Zeus, head god, the first record of the Olympics dates back to 776 bc and the event occurs every four years thereafter (The Ancient Olympics). The first day of the festival were devoted to praise to the gods. Speeches from famous philosophers , poetry readings parades, and banquets were also held before the games begun (The Ancient Olympics). Unlike the ancient games the modern games are about the athletes and their abilities compared to other participate from different countries. The ancient Olympics were rather different from the modern Games.
There were four crucial parts in the history of the Olympic games starting with the start in 776B.C.E, then 1896, 1970/1980s, and lastly modern day Olympic games. This work is an evolutionary piece denoting change and continuities over time in the Olympic games. As games started in 776 B.C.E it was staged on the great plains of Olympia. These games were also known as a religious festival for praising the gods. the twenty-third book of the Iliad shows the athletic games were for local heroes and deities, such as Pelops, who lived in the region of Olympia.
The roots of these Olympics came from ancient Greece in Olympia. The ancient games lasted from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. This means the Greeks competed for near twelve centuries and the next Olympics were not held for another fifteen hundred years. The modern Olympics began to truly form in 1894, when a man named Baron Pierre de Coubertin created the International Olympic Committee.