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What were the Olympic Games?

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What were the Olympic Games? The Olympic Games started as one of the religious festivals held in ancient Greece in honour of Zeus, the leader of the gods. The festival was held at Olympia, home of the gods, every four years.

The first games probably began around 1 200bc, but the organized Olympic Games, which featured sports such as running and wrestling, began in 776BC. The games continued until AD393 when the ruling Romans banned them. They were revived during the 1800s after archaeological finds renewed interest in Greece.

The first of the modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

The modern Olympic games are split into winter and summer events. Since 1994, the Winter and Summer Games have been divided and scheduled on four year cycles, two years apart.

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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 03 January '12

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