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Olympic Games - how they started

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This video covers:  How and when the Olympic games started and discusses the other games that were also held at the time

Hello, I am Georgias,¬ I used to train athletes but now I help organise the games here at Olympia. Do you know how our games began? They started a long time ago in seven hundred and seventy six BC. The games, known as the Olympics,, get their name from the village here called Olympia which is about three hundred miles south west of Mount Olympus, where the gods all live. The games started as a religious festival held in honour of the god Zeus¬. There are other games too like the Nemean games held in Nemea which also honour Zeus, then there’s the Ishmian games near Corinth which are to honour Poseidon, god of the sea, as well as the Pythian games at Delphi in honour of Apollo. All of these games are held at different times over a four year period, this is known as the Panhellenic cycle. The Olympic games are held in the summer time and arranged so that on the third night there is a full moon to light up the celebrations held that night.
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