The Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympics - Early Western Civilization A Gift of...

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Sheet1 Page 1 Early Western Civilization A Gift of Peace from the Past, The Ancient Olympics Since 1896, the year the Olympics were resurrected from ancient history, the Olympics have been a symbol of th e camaraderie and harmony possible on a global scale. The gathering of athletic representatives, the pride of the p a participating governments, even throughout the recent Cold War period, is proof that world unity is possible 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 Olym honor of Zeus every four years from August 6th to September 19th. The first record of these games is of one Cor o 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. In the year Coroebus was made a part of history, there was apparently only o simple event, a race called the stade. The track was said to be one stade long or roughly 210 yards. In subsequent games, additional events were to be added, most likely to increase the challenge to these amazing dolichos, at the next games four years later. Wrestling and the famous Pentathlon were introduced in 708 BC. The Pentathlon consisted of five events Pentathlons, especially the successful ones, were often treated and even worshipped like gods. Because of their e physiques, they were used as the models for statues of the Greek Gods. The superior athletic ability of these ath l e affects the games even today. The twisting and throwing method of the discus throw, which originated in Ancient G is still used today. The original events were even more challenging than those of today. The modern discus weigh
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2011 for the course ENGL 1301 taught by Professor Chumchal during the Spring '08 term at Blinn College.

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