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The Ancient and Modern Olympic Games The Olympics first developed in ancient Greece nearly three thousand years ago This ancient idea of sporting events was once celebrated as great festivals that the Greeks held in honor of their gods most importantly to the father of all gods ZeusOlympic History 1 Every four years male athletes from all over the Greek world gathered at the games to demonstrate their spirit and athletic ability at the sacred surroundings of Olympia located in the state of Elis GreeceAncient Olympics 1 The first recorded of the Olympic Games took place in 776 BC which had only one event a race with a 180 meter distance about the length of the stadium at OlympiaOlympic Tradition 3 The games proved to have great importance religiously culturally and athletically throughout GreeceAncient Greece 3 Since then the Olympic Games have undergone many changes and have grown into an international sporting event The Olympic Games started as sacred festivals held in honor of the Greek gods These games were established in Olympia and were said to form a sacred truce through the conduct of athletic competitionsOlympic History 2 This sacred truce says that all fighting in the Greek world would stop for as long as the Olympic Games were onOlympic History 2 This treaty was written on a disc and kept in the Heraion As the games grew more popular throughout the Greek world so did the addition of the sports that were played Among these sports were boxing pankration the pentathlon and equestrian events Festivals 210 The equestrian events consist of chariot racing and horseback riding The pentathon consists of the jump the discus throwing the javelin running and wrestling Today the games have increased to many
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