Ancient Olympics

So, are you all ready for the Olympics? I know I am. I’ll be glued, as much as possible, to the television.

About a year ago I had to research the ancient games for the current story I’m working on. There were a few things I found surprising.

The first recorded game happened in 776 B.C.
The games were a religious festival in honor of Zeus.
Only free male, citizens of Greece were allowed to compete.
Married women were barred from the arena and put to death when found guilty.
However, for a short period of time, there was a separate set of games for unmarried women in honor of Hera.
The winner of the Hera games served as priestess at Hera’s temple.
It seems there may have been a period of time where the Olympics were performed naked.

This video seems to sum up the ancient games.

This next one, please click the link, reveals some famous people who participated in some of those games. The video is in the upper right hand corner. It’s a little long but worth the viewing.