Evolution of the Ancient Olympic Games Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the development of the ancient Olympic games in Greece.
# 146338 | 2,433 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2010 in History (Greek and Roman) , Sport (Olympics)

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This paper provides a brief overview of the evolution of the ancient Olympic Games and discusses ways in which they likely differ from the assumptions of modern readers. It specifically states the myths about the ancient Olympics and then contrasts them with the realities according to ancient texts and archaeological evidence. The paper further describes the religious significance of the ancient games, showing their relationship to Zeus and the various religious rites that took place. Additionally, the paper describes the criteria for an athlete to be accepted to the games and his reward for winning. The paper concludes by showing how Christianity contributed to the demise of the Olympics in ancient times.

Myths and Realities
The Site & Timing of the Games
Olympic Events
Religious Rites
Awards & Rewards

From the Paper:

'Like any ancient topic it is fair to say that conclusive evidence of any generalization is limited and that independent facts meld together to create a more or less completed picture of how events over time changed and developed. In the case of the ancient Olympics the event took place roughly every four years (on the longest day of the year) for more than 1,000 years. It is for this reason that a complet picture of the whole event is not possible but some suppositions are, and the greatest one being that the games, events, locations and nearly everything else, other than the fact that it was a competition changed over time."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • A Century of American Olympic Performance. (1996, July 18). The Washington Times, p. 6.
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  • Grenier, R. (1996, July 29). Olympic Myths: The Most Celebrated False Information about Sport Is That the Olympics in Ancient Times Were an Amateur Affair. National Review, 48, 52.
  • Hopley, C. (2004, June). The Marvelous Spectacles of Olympia and Marathon: The Roots of the Olympics and Marathon Racing. World and I, 19, 1.
  • Polidoro, J. R., & Simri, U. (1996). The Games of 676 BC: A Visit to the Centenary of the Ancient Olympic Games. JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 67(5), 41.

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