The History Of The Olympic Games

The ancient Olympic Games started in 776 B.C. in Olympia, Greece. It was held in the Hippodrome. The only event was the 200 yard footrace. During the first Olympic Games, the athletes wore shorts called zomas. I guess you now want to know why most pictures of athletes in the Olympics are in the nude. Some Greeks said a Spartan named Acanthus started the trend by competing naked. Others say that another athlete named Orsippus let his zoma drop so that he was able to run more freely. Whatever the reason, it is still really gross. Women were not allowed to compete in the Games. They were allowed to work out in the gymnasium, but were never allowed to compete until after the Olympics were ...

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were held every four years until they were abolished by the Christian Byzantine Emporer Theodosius I. In 724 B.C., the double 200y foot race was added to the Olympics. In 720 B.C., the long distance race was added to the events. In 708 B.C., the pentathalon and wrestling were added to the Olympics. In 688 B.C., boxing was added to the Olympics. In 680 B.C., a four horse chariot race was added. in 648 B.C., a horse race was added. In 648 B.C., a pankration was added to the events. A pankration is a Greek athletic event which combined boxing and wrestling with no holds banned except biting and gouging. In 520 B.C., a race in armor was added. The last event added was the two horse chariot race in 408 B.C.
With the addition of more athletic events, music events (whichh were included in the games), and story times (told by the elders), the Olympics moved to a five day event celebration instead of a one-day one race competition. Outside of the Hippodrome burned sacred fires that ...

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