How the Games were Started
Ancient Olympic Games
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When did the Games start?
776 BC (3,000 years ago)
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What did the winners of the Ancient Olympics win?
Head wreaths made of olive leaves
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What was the 1st day of the Olympics devoted to?
Sacrifices to the gods
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Event where a spear is thrown.

Javelin

200
Who was the main god that the Games were dedicated to?
Zeus
200
Who were the only people allowed to compete?
Wealthy men
200
What was the occupation of the first winner (Coroebus) of the ancient Olympics?
He was a chef
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Event where a disc is thrown

Discus

300
Where were the ancient Olympic Games held and when did they occur?
On Mt. Olympia every 4 years
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Why were all wars stopped when the Games were going on?
The Greeks believed the gods would be mad at them
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Name 2 types of events at the ancient Olympics
Boxing, Wrestling, Horse-Racing, and Chariot Racing (possible answers)
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Describe a chariot race.

A race where men in chariots drawn by horses compete.

400
Why did ancient Greeks compete?
To please the gods
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Why did the Roman emperor Theodosius I ban the Games?
Because Christianity spread
400
What was the main attraction at the ancient Olympics?
Races
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What was the only event for the first 13 Olympics?

200 yard race.

500
What were the gods believed to do to the Greeks if they were not happy?
Punish them
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When were the Games reintroduced?
1896 (1,500 years later)
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ολυμπιακοί αγώνες (Olympiaki Agones) means.....in Greek
Olympic Games
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What was the main Winter Olympic event in Ancient Greece?

There were no Winter Games in Ancient Greece.

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