Facts about ancient greece and the olympics

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Ancient Greece and the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne

A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics

Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
 
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics, they had lots of questions. What did the ancient Greeks wear? What did they do for fun? Where were the very first Olympics held? How are our modern Olympics similar to the ancient Olympics? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.
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History of the Olympic Games - Behind the News

Ancient Olympic Games

The ancient Olympic Games were originally a festival, or celebration, of and for Zeus ; events such as a footrace, a javelin contest, and wrestling matches were added later. They were held in honor of Zeus , and the Greeks gave them a mythological origin. The first Olympics is traditionally dated to BC. The games were held every four years, or olympiad , which became a unit of time in historical chronologies. During the celebration of the games, an Olympic Truce was enacted so that athletes could travel from their cities to the games in safety. The prizes for the victors were olive leaf wreaths or crowns.

In B. E, about three thousand years ago, the first Olympic Games took place. Originally, the games were part of a religious festival to honor Zeus. He was the god of the sky and the leader of the Greek gods who lived on Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. The Olympics was one of four all-Greek Pan Hellenic games.

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Known for its athletic competitions, the ancient Olympic Games were originally a festival in honor of Zeus. The actual origins of the games are unknown due to a heavily tangled history of mythical stories relating to the gods. The Olympic games were only one of two central rituals that Greece celebrated at the time. The other was an older, more grounded, religious festival called the Eleusinian Mysteries. The origins of the first games are believed to have been a foot race that occurred annually between young women who competed to become the priestess for the goddess Hera. The first recorded competition for women in the Olympic Stadium was the Heraean Games in the 6th century BC, which consisted of foot races for both men and women.

Jamie Frater , Updated August 15, This lends us the perfect opportunity to present a list of fascinating facts about the Ancient Olympics — held in Olympia, Greece. No one actually knows what the origins were of the very first games. One myth suggests that Heracles the divine son of the god Zeus ran a race in Olympia and decreed that it be repeated every four years. The olympic games were one of two central rituals in Ancient Greece. The other was the Eleusinian Mysteries — initiation ceremonies for people joining the cult of Demeter and Persephone. An Olympiad a period of 4 years which refers to the time between two games was used as a measure of years by the Ancient Greeks in much the same way as we now use AD and BC.

Full of blood, passion and extraordinary feats of athletic endeavour, the Olympic Games were the sporting, social and cultural highlight of the Ancient Greek calendar for almost 12 centuries. So, they actually had to delay putting the army together to defend the country against the Persians. All free Greek males were allowed to take part, from farmhands to royal heirs, although the majority of Olympians were soldiers. Women could not compete or even attend. There was, however, a loophole to this misogynistic rule — chariot owners, not riders, were declared Olympic champions and anyone could own a chariot.

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