The Ancient Olympic Games were a series of athletic competitions held between the city-states of Ancient Greece. They used to be called the Olympic Games (Greek: Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες; Olympiakoi Agones) until the modern day Olympic Games started. The Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece. They ran until 393 AD. Then the stadium got buried by landslides and other natural disasters. Prizes at the games were olive wreaths, palm branches and woollen ribbons. The ancient Olympics were played in the honour of the God Zeus.
Women were not allowed to participate or even to see the competitions.
Famous athletes[change | change source]
Here are athletes that competed at the Games:
- from Athens:
- Aurelios Zopyros (Junior boxing)
- from Sparta:
- from Rhodes:
- from Croton:
- from other cities:
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Ancient Olympic Games". Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2006. Microsoft Corporation. June 20, 1997. Archived from the original on May 4, 2006. Retrieved December 27, 2006.
- Tiberius, AD 1 or earlier - cf. Ehrenberg & Jones, Documents Illustrating the Reigns of Augustus and Tiberius [Oxford 1955] p. 73 (n.78)
- 369 according to Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece by Nigel Wilson, 2006, Routledge (UK) or 385 according to Classical Weekly by Classical Association of the Atlantic States
Other websites[change | change source]
- The Ancient Olympic Games Virtual Museum (requires registration) Archived 2004-06-02 at the Wayback Machine
- Ancient Olympics (General and detailed information)
- The Ancient Olympics (A special exhibit)
- The Real Story of the Ancient Olympic Games Archived 2008-05-01 at the Wayback Machine
- The Origin of the Olympics
- The Original Olympic Movement Since 776 B.C.
- List of Macedonian Olympic winners (in Greek) Archived 2004-05-17 at Archive.today
- Webquest The ancient and modern Olympic Games Archived 2012-06-18 at the Wayback Machine