Olympic Games are the sequence of sporty contests held for legislative body of various city-states of Ancient Greece held in honor of Zeus after every four years. The Olympics is also feature for religious celebrations and artistic contests. The precise origins of the Games are wearing a veil in legend but records point to that they start in 776 BC in the place of Olympia in Greece. They were celebrated until 393 AD when they were covered by Theodosius I as part of the movement to impress Christianity as a condition belief.
The Games were frequently held every four
years, or Olympiad, as the unit of time came to be recognized. Throughout a
celebration of the Games, an Olympic armistice was performing so that athletes
could journey from their countries to the Games in shelter. The prizes for the
victors were garland of laurel foliage. The Games became a taking side’s tool
used by city-states to emphasize dominance over their rivals. Politicians would
announce political alliances at the Games, and in times of war, priests would
offer sacrifice to the gods for victory. The Games were also used to help
spread Hellenistic civilization throughout the Mediterranean. A great statue of
Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world was erected in Olympia to
preside over the Games, and no longer stands in Olympia. Sculptors and poets
would gather together each Olympiad to display their works of art to possible customers.
The ancient Olympics were quite dissimilar from the modern Olympic Games.
were fewer events, and only free men who spoke Greek could participate. As long as they met the entry principle,
athletes from any country or city-state were allowable to contribute. The Games
were always held at Olympia rather than sporadic to different position as is
the institution with the modern Olympic Games. There is one major harmony
between the ancient and modern Games, the triumphant athletes are honored, distinguished,
and praised. Their deeds were harbinger and chronicled so that future generation
could be grateful for their happenings. Modern Olympic Games for 2012 are going
to held in London from 27 July To 12 August 2012.
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