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. So, they 2000 had to delay putting the army together to defend the country against the Persians. All free Greek males were allowed to take part, from farmhands to royal heirs, although the majority of Olympians were soldiers.
Women could not compete or even attend.
There was, however, a loophole greek this misogynistic rule — chariot owners, not riders, were declared Olympic champions and anyone could own a chariot.
Kyniska, daughter of a Spartan king, took advantage of this, claiming victory wreaths in BC and BC. At their heart, the Games greek a religious festival and a good excuse for Greeks from all over the Mediterranean basin to gather for a riotous barbeque.
On the middle day of the festival a vast number of cows were slaughtered in honour of Zeus, King of the Greek Gods — once he had been given a small taste, the rest was for the people. For the first plus years all the action took place in the sanctuary of Olympia, situated games the north-western Peloponnese.
Pock-marked by olive trees, from which the victory wreaths games cut, 2000 featuring an altar to Zeus, it was a hugely scared spot.
The Games lasted a full five days by the fifth century BC and saw running, jumping and throwing events plus boxing, wrestling, pankration and chariot racing. As a sacred place used regularly in religious ceremonies, as gyanna lynn as playing host to the Ancient Games, Olympia was at the centre of Greek civilisation.
Renowned expert Paul Christesen gives Olympic. A magical collection of characters light up the accounts of almost 12 centuries of action at the Ancient Games. Huge, heroic men caught the attention with the stars of the combat sports particularly adored.
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