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What is the difference between ancient Olympics and modern Olympics?

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There are a number of differences between the ancient Olympic Games and modern Olympic Games, such as the fact that the ancient Olympics were held in Olympia while the first modern Olympics were held in Greece. During the modern Olympics, many events like skiing and bobsledding occur during a separate Olympic Games that occur during the winter. During the ancient Olympics, only warm-weather events took place.

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The Olympic games are believed to have occurred in 776 B.C. in Olympia around the time of the birth of Homer. The ancient Olympics permitted only people of Greek descent to participate. Because of this limitation, only a few people were able to participate. The modern Olympics is open to all types of participants.

During the ancient Olympics, only the male athletes were allowed to take part in the games. In the modern Olympics, both male and female athletes are allowed to participate.

In the ancient Olympics, only the winners would be recognized out of all of the men who participated. In the modern Olympics, there are several medal winners who are recognized for each individual and team event, receiving gold, silver and bronze medals.

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    Where did the first Olympics take place?

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    The first Olympic games were held in Olympia, Greece, in 776 B.C. The games took place every four years until 393 A.D., when Emperor Theodosius outlawed the contests because he believed they were a pagan ritual. The ancient games were part of a festival that honored Zeus.

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    How did the Olympics get its name?

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    The modern Olympic Games got their name because they were inspired by the ancient Olympic Games held in Olympia, Greece. The ancient games were held every four years just as the modern ones are. The modern Olympic flame is still lit in front of the temple of Hera in Olympia, and from there it is transported to wherever in the world the games are being held.

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    How long have the Olympics been going on?

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    The modern Olympic Games began in 1896, while the ancient Olympic Games were played between 776 B.C. and 393 A.D. The ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles, according to legend. The games were abolished by Roman emperor, Theodosius I, due to perceived Pagan influences.

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    How old do you have to be to compete in the Olympics?

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    The age limit for competing in the Olympic Games varies with each international sports federation, according to the official website of the Olympic Movement. The Olympic charter does not set an age limit for competitors in the Olympic Games.

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