March 21, 2012
Ancient Olympia vs. Modern day Olympic
The Ancient Olympic games has different series of athletic competitions; which were held at various city-states of Greece in other to honor the Zeus. The exact origins of the games are shrouded in myth and legend but records indicated that they began in 776 BCE in Olympia in Greece. They were celebrated until 393 AD when Theodosius I as part of the campaign to impose Christianity as state religion suppressed them. The games were usually commenced every fours years, at Olympia. During the celebration, a sacrifice was made to the God so that the contestants could travel safe from their countries to the games. The prizes for the athletes were wreaths of laurel leaves. The ancient Olympics were rather different from the modern games. There were fewer events, and only free men who spoke Greek could compete. In addition, a slave could not compete in the Olympia games. The games were always held in the same place, which was at the Olympia rather than alternating to different locations, as is the tradition with the modern Olympic games. There are more games in the modern day Olympic. Athletes compete in different games, there are many games that an individual can choice to participate in. There are two seasons summer and winter Olympic. In the events, the athletes can win the gold, silver, or bronze medal. The winner of the modern day Olympic can have the opportunity to make money by advertising on the television. events, famous athletes and also give example of how it’s practiced. There is one major commonality between the ancient and modern games, the victorious athletes are honored, feted, and praised. Their deeds were heralded and chronicled so that future generations could appreciate their accomplishment. In this essay I will conduct a research about the Ancient Olympic and Modern day Olympic. I will compare and contrast, give examples and use a quote. Historical/background information
In other for me to find the history I used the book of Greek People and other sources. The Greece Olympic games it started as a religious ceremony dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods the Olympic games were greatest of all Greek sports festivals. The Ancient Olympic games were commenced every four years at Olympia, Zeus sacred precinct on the banks of the Alpheus River in Elis, a rural area in the western Peloponnesus.(Kebric pg. 62). The Olympic games did not begin until 776 B.C the most confirmable early date in the Greek. The games continue for almost 1,200 years, ending when the Christian Roman Emperor Theodosius banned all pagan cults in 393 A.D. (Nigel, 2005). The Olympic game started with a footrace of about 200 meters, about half century later 400 meters footrace was added to the event of the Olympic. Later on, more games were added to the Olympic games distance race, the pentathlon, wrestling, boxing, single horse, as well as four-horse chariot races, the popular pankration, and the majority of the boys’ contests had all been introduced. (Kebric pg. 63). History of Modern Day Olympic
In 1850 Dr. William Penny Brookes at Much Wenlock, in Shrophire, England, started an Olympian class. In 1859, Dr. Brookes changed the name to Wenlock Olympian games. This annual sports festival continues to this day. The Olympic is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic games have to be regarded as the world’ foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate. The games are currently held every two years, with summer and Winter Olympic games alternating, although they occur every four years within their respective seasonal games. (Nigel, 2005) What Are the Different Events?
Only free men that spoke the language of Greek are allowed to participate in the ancient Olympic games. Athletes come from various city-states to...