The Olympic games Ancient and modern!
What are Olympics? Olympics are a great sporting event that happens every four years. They have nearly every sport that you can think of. The minimum age is different for each sport, but the lowest is 13. In the ancient Olympics, it was different. So were a lot of things, like women were not allowed to compete. In fact only unmarried women were allowed to watch!!!
Ancient Olympics The Olympics were invented by the ancient Greeks. They had events like the foot race, pentathlon, long jump, Javelin and discus. The ancient Olympics were performed in honour of the king of the gods, Zeus. The first recorded Olympic event was in 776bc. Women were not allowed to compete.
More ancient Olympics. The Olympics were called Olympics because they were performed in Olympia, Greece. (Mount Olympus is where the where the Greeks believed the royal gods, Zeus and his wife, Hera lived. That was because it was always cloudy at the top. But mount Olympus is NOT in Olympia. They also believed that the other major gods lived there. Like Athena, Apollo, Poseidon and Zeus.)
Modern Olympics The ancient Olympics were stopped by the Romans when they took over Greece. That was in 394 AD. Then years and years later on April the sixth, 1896, archaeologists found out about Olympics and started them again. But as that was a long time after the ancient Olympics they called it the modern Olympics. Modern Olympics were very different. First of all they had different, more modern, events . Also the olympics were held every four years in a different country.
One of the big traditions in Olympics is the opening ceremony. There are lots of fireworks, music and all sorts of celebration . Another traditional part is the hand over ceremony, where the country it was just held in, hand over a flaming torch.
Similarities and differences. They used to sprint but it wasn't a 100 meters. They played NAKED!!! There were no world records in the Ancient Games There were no water sports There were no winter sports We still have discus, javelin, wrestling. There are many of the same events like races They were also held every four years The winner gets an award that was not money