Greece is the origin of the Olympics, plain and simple. The Olympics were traced to 776 BC, in the 8th century B.C. They were supposedly created by Hercules. They were first held for just one day, but then were extended in the 7th century B.C., to three days. In the 5th century B.C., the games were extended again to cover five days. The Olympics continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius exclaimed in in the 4th century, that all such "pagan cults" be banned. In the 8th century, the Olympics reappeared. I’m happy that they did.
Although ever changing, the (newer) Ancient Olympics still had some of the same events. They were first held in Olympia, and consisted of only foot races. More events were added, starting with wrestling and pentathlon. (A pentathlon consisted of discus, javelin, jumping, running, and wrestling.) In discus, part of the pentathlon, the discs were different, based on the athletes’ age, weight and personal preferences. When victors won, they received their award immediately after the competition. Following the announcement of the winner's name by the herald, a Hellanodikai (Greek judge) would place a palm branch in the winner’s hands, while the spectators cheered and threw flowers to him. Red ribbons were tied on his head and hands as a mark of victor...
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