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Ancient Greek Influence on Sports

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Mary Catherine Barnett

on 31 October 2012

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Mary Catherine Barnett Ancient Greek Influence on Sports Ancient Greek Olympics Ancient Greek Influence The Olympics games thought to have started in 776 BC, over 2,700 years ago. They were held every four years in Olympia, which is located in southwest Greece. The games were held in honor of Zeus, king of the gods and were part of a religious festival. People from all over Greece came to take a part or watch the exciting games. In the present day Olympics many athletes train year round to take part in the world wide tradition. It takes place every four years in a different location. Men and women participate from all over the world. The games take place during the summer and during the winter. The sports vary depending on which season it is. Present Day Olympics Similarities The ancient Olympics were very different from the modern Games though. There were not as many events, and only free men who spoke Greek could compete. Now and women or man that qualifies for the Olympics can take part. Also, the games were always held at Olympia instead of moving around to different sites every time. Differences The Greek influenced our sports very much by introducing many sports and events through the Olympics. Once we learned about the Olympics we continued to carry out the tradition of holding them. There are many similarities and difference between the games held now and the games held in ancient time. Without the ancient Olympics we may not have some of the sports or athletics as we do today. Events in Ancient Greece Boxing, Chariot racing, Riding, Pentathlon, Discus, Javelin, Jump, Running, and Wrestling The Olympic Flame During the Ancient Olympic Games, a sacred flame was lit and stayed lit until the Games were completed. The flame represented the "endeavor for protection and struggle for victory." In 1928 it was first introduced to our modern Olympics. Since then, the flame has come to symbolize "the light of spirit, knowledge, and life." Events Now Swimming
Track and Field
Water Polo There are quite a few similarities between the the games in ancient time and then games now. The torch is still lit and the flame remains lit until the games are finished. Many of the games played are the same or similar. The Greek influenced our athletics a lot by introducing the Olympics. Snowboarding
Weight Lifting
and many more Winners Then: A victor received a crown made from olive leaves, and was entitled to have a statue of himself set up at Olympia. Now: Winners receive gold, silver, and bronze medals depending on first second or third place. Works Cited http://ancientolympics.arts.kuleuven.be/eng/TB023EN.html


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