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Describe what a spectator would enjoy at the five-day olympics

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Describe What a Spectator Would Enjoy in the 5 Day Olympics It is thought that the first Olympic Games were held in 776BC in Olympia, and were continued every 4 years until 393AD, when the king Theodosius I terminated them as part of his battle to enforce Christianity as the state religion. The historic origins of the games aren't fully known, however, many myths exist to explain them. There are four main legends: one involving Pelops and his fight to win the Olympic kingdom; another explains how Heracles won a race at Olympia and vowed the games should forever continue at 4 year intervals; the next claims that Zeus created the games as a celebration of his defeat of the Titan Cronus; and the last told of a prophetess who advised King Iphitos of Elis to hold the Olympic games in honour of the Gods. This he did, and was also advised that wars should stop during the 5 day festival as a sign of respect to the Gods. The games themselves were a collection of athletic, combat and equestrian events usually held at the hottest time of the year, which coincided with the lull in agriculture. ...read more.


This was a favourite event of the games as people liked to watch these specific athletes because of their overall athletic ability. The skills needed for this event were taught widely in schools, mainly just for boys, however an exception of this would be in Sparta, where women had almost as many rights as men and could learn to fight, and then compete in battle, for example. The second day of the Olympic Games would finish with a celebration and a feast. Day Three would then begin with a sacrifice to Zeus, the God of the Gods. One hundred bulls would be sacrificed, which would lead the games into the second half the day. This was devoted to the boys' events, which were similar to those of the older of the athletes. These may have included events such as wrestling, boxing, a stade race, and pankration, which was a brutal mix of both boxing and wrestling, but with fewer rules. During these first few days of the Games, spectators would be kept amused, despite the heat, by entertainers, who made good business as they played for the audience during intervals. ...read more.


Punishment for disobeying this rule was automatic death, usually by being thrown off of Mt. Typeo. Women who wished to be athletic could compete in a completely separate series of foot races called Heraea, named after the Greek goddess Hera, the queen of the gods. The skills practiced and used in the Olympic Games were those that could be used in battle, however unlike an army, team events were never part of the Olympic Games, and spectators would only witness athletes competing by themselves for every event. In conclusion, there were essentially 2 days of religious activities, day one and day five, with the three days between hosting sporting events for the eligible citizens of Greece. The events were a symbol of peace, with cities competing with each other in a controlled manner; however, the hoplite race was a reminder that the truce of the Olympics was only temporary. Spectators would be privileged to witness an array of events, including those involving horses, and also sacrifices and processions. Typically, they would watch the triumphs of some, failings of others, and the fatality of a few. i Ludwig Drees, author of Olympia: Gods, Artists and Athletes, Pall Mall 1968. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alex Jones 11be ...read more.

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