Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Site of the archaic Olympics, 700 BCE - 400 CE
* Horse races
* Chariot races
* Pentathlon (incl discus, javelin and jumping along w running & wrestling)
These were the ancient events, says The Greeks, by Usborne Books.
Every 4 years.
5 says' duration.
Dedicated to Zeus.
Olive wreath & woolen ribbons given the victors.
Some of the participants were professionals.
Olympia's facilities included the stadium and gymnasium.
The Heraia were quadrennial games for females.
The modern Olympics were founded about 1896 by a Frenchman.