During the ancient Olympics, events were held for boxing, chariot racing, running, javelin and discus. Events such as wrestling and jumping were also included. More »

The early Olympic games were held as a way to honor the Olympian gods. They also aimed to show the physical qualities of young athletes and encourage good relations between the competing Greek cities. More »

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The ancient Olympics stopped because of a ban on pagan festivals by the emperor Theodosius I. Like other Christians, he saw the Olympic Games, which honored the Greek god Zeus, as an offense to his Christian religion. More »

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 th... More »

The Olympia track measured 200 meters, according to the official website of the Olympic Movement. The 200-meter stade race event took place on this track, as competitors would race on foot from one end to the other. More »

Though the Olympics have changed vastly since their inception nearly 3,000 years ago, the modern Olympic Games maintain several similarities to their ancient Greek predecessors. For example, in ancient Greece, the Olympi... More »

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During the ancient Greek Olympic Games, only free, male citizens of Greece could participate in the events. No matter what their standing, whether senator, soldier or farmer, all males were eligible to participate. Women... More »