The Olympic games were held to be one of the two central rituals in ancient Greece, the other being the much older religious festival, the Eleusinian Mysteries. The games first started in Olympia, Greece, in a sanctuary site for the Greek deities near the towns of Elis and Pisa (both in Elis on the peninsula of Peloponnesos).
The ancient Greek games became a way of spreading the Hellenistic culture over the Mediterranean region. Listed below are nine sports that brought out the athletic spirit in ancient Greece: 1. Boxing (Greek Pygmachia) Ancient Greek boxing dates back to the eighth century when it was considered an important part of Greek athletic culture.
The first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to Olympia in 776 BC. Full of blood, passion and extraordinary feats of athletic endeavour, the Olympic Games were the sporting, social and cultural highlight of the Ancient Greek calendar for almost 12 centuries.
Greek Games. Just like children of today, children in ancient Greece enjoyed playing a variety of games. Apparently Greek parents viewed games as a good way for their children to develop certain skills, just like parents do today.
The Athenian girl in this picture is juggling three balls. In southern Greece, in Sparta, girls had organized races and competitions.Greeks also played less active games like dice and marbles, and knucklebones, and checkers.. In this Hellenistic scene, two girls are playing knucklebones, which was a game like jacks. (To Greek people, teenage girls playing knucklebones was a metaphor for the ...
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The Isthmos game were staged every two years at the Isthmos of Corinth. The Pythian games took place every four years near Delphi. The most famous games held at Olympia, South- West of Greece, which took place every four years. The ancient Olympics seem to have begun in the early 700 BC, in honour of Zeus.
The ancient Olympic Games were initially a one-day event until 684 BC, when they were extended to three days. In the 5th century B.C., the Games were extended again to cover five days. The ancient Games included running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing, pankration and equestrian events.
The ancient Olympic Games were primarily a part of a religious festival in honor of Zeus, the father of the Greek gods and goddesses. The festival and the games were held in Olympia (see 'Did you know' in the glossary), a rural sanctuary site (model shown here, courtesy of the British Museum) in the ...
Some of the games submitted by Greek children are variations on games that are familiar to North Americans, such as hopscotch or "Grandmother Sleeping," a hide-and-seek game. Hopscotch. Hopscotch as played by children in Greece requires a piece of chalk, a small rock, and two or more players.