Ancient Olympic games Essay

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Ancient Olympic games Essay
In this essay I will talk about ancient Greek Olympics first I will speak about the origins of the ancient Greek Olympics, then the culture of the ancient Greek Olympics, and wrap it up with the Olympic events (games played, training, clothing, and equipment). This is what I will be talking about in my essay hope you enjoy.
In this paragraph I will give you an overview of how and why the ancient Greek Olympics where formed. According to BBC, the Olympic games began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, the games were a part of a religious festival and were held in honor of Zeus king of the gods, and where staged every 4 years at Olympia and people from all over the Greek world game to watch and participate in the games. According to historical records the first Olympic games where held in 776 B.C, the games were dedicated to Olympian gods and continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius decreed in 392 A.D. The Olympic games began when Koroibos, a cook from the city of Elis won the stadion race (a foot race that is 600 ft. long).
In this paragraph I will describe the culture of the Greek Olympics, how it was affected by religion and traditions that were practiced (food, song, dance etc.). The ancient Olympic games were played within the context of a religious festival, and a sacrifice of 100 oxen was made to the god on the middle day of the festival. Athletes prayed to the gods for victory. Nothing has changed much since the ancient Olympics and the modern one, cheating and bribery were so common at games that statues warning against dishonesty were setup; successful athletes were celebrities, medals and poems were commissioned to celebrate winners. Towns built statues in honor of their local champion.
In this paragraph I will talk about the ancient Olympic events what games were played? Who participated? Training? And finally clothing and equipment. At the first one day Olympic games, there was only one event, which was a short sprint from one side of the stadium to the other. Sooner more events were added to make 4 day long competitions. Greeks believed that developing the body was just as important as improving the mind for overall health, young men worked with athletic trainers who used long sticks to point out incorrect body positions, they also often train to flute music. Ancient Greek athletes competed naked to display their physical prowess and also pay homage to Zeus to show him they had trained their bodies to their physical peak.
Thank you for reading my essay on Ancient Olympic games most of the facts I got where from websites so I made a MLA citation for these websites. Thank you and hope you enjoyed my essay.
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