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Compare the preparation and events of the Olympic games today with the Ancient Olympics.

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  • Submitted: 15/08/2003
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Compare the preparation and events of the Olympic games today with the Ancient Olympics.

In Ancient Greek times, the Olympics was a yearly event, which took the whole preceding year to prepare for. Today the Olympics take place every four years and we spend the 4 or 5 years leading up to it to prepare. The ancient Olympics lasted for 5 days but today the Olympics last 3 - 4 weeks.

We prepare today, by cleaning the whole country/ town it is going to take place in, by advertising the event and even building a new airport, as they have done in Athens for the Olympics, which will be happening in 2004. In the ancient Olympics the events were held in the same place each year so they didn't need to put in as much effort as we do in modern day. However, courses did have to be dug and sand pits prepared, as well as general tidying up having to be done around the buildings and monuments.

For the Ancient Olympics all the competitors took up residence one month before the games at Elis and were under supervision from the Hellanodikai. They were

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