The History of the Olympics - Deepstash
The date of the first Olympics contested

Based on records of stade-length races, the ancient Olympic games started in 776 B.C.E. But that era is not well-documented, so the actual date of the first Olympic Game is still contested.

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The History of the Olympics

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One Olympic origins story involved one of the members of the House of Atreus.

Pelops was desperate to win in a chariot race against King Oinomaos of Pisa because he wanted to marry the king's...

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Another theory attributes the Olympic games to the Greek hero Hercules.

Hercules held the games to honour his father, Zeus after Hercules took revenge on King Augeas of Elis for not keeping t...

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Pausanias says the Olympic origins stem from Zeus' victory over Cronus.

A common thread in the origin stories of the Olympic games is that the games came about because of a personal or compet...

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The Ancient Greeks held the Olympics every four years, known as an Olympiad. The Olympics were a religious event for the Greeks. A temple dedicated to Zeus stood on the site of Olympia.

Repre...

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All free Greek men could be potential participants in the Olympics. By the Hellenistic Period, professional athletes competed.

Olympic sporting events included boxing, discus, equestrian even...

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