of course, is modern Greece since the first organizers of sporting events near the town of Olympia became the ancient Greeks.The first Olympic games date back to 776 BC.e., then they were held regularly every four years until 394 has n.e.During this period in ancient Olympia, 293 held the Olympics.
helped in the revival of the French entertainment competition, which in the late XIX century, raised the issue of this tradition.In 1896, Pierre de Coubertin, whose name is forever recorded in the annals of sports history, organized the Summer Olympic Games, which are then carried out on a regular basis, except for the time, which came on the two World Wars.A bit later - in 1924 - the Europeans have
revived and winter competitions.
But this is the XIX century and XX, and what were the Olympic Games in ancient Greece?As mentioned above, if they were the embodiment not only sporting achievements, but also religious.Unfortunately, accurate information about the organization of the first competitions near Olympia has no modern history, but scientists have at their disposal some important documents, sculptures and sketches of buildings of that period.In ancient Greece, the Olympic Games were part of a widespread cult beautiful body, combined with his health and physical development.
In ancient times winners, Olympians were honored equally with war heroes.Myths tell that the first Olympic Games in 776 BCHercules himself founded, the former son of thunder god Zeus and a mortal woman.This warring city, nations and ethnic groups announced during the competition time of peace, which prohibits any conflicts and clashes.Then, after the arrival of the Romans in ancient Greece, Olympic sports banned Emperor Theodosius I.
In the second half of the XVIII century, archeologists excavated on the site of the modern Olympia in Greece, with the result that sport have been foundand temple buildings, look at that now tourists come from around the world.Buildings in Olympia and now striking its monumentality, strength, and the antiquity of reasonableness.After 100 years, organized excavations in the Greek city continued to have archaeologists from Germany, as at that time in Europe, were very common mood and romantic nostalgia for a past age.