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The First Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are wrapped in numerous myths and legends and have a long history. The ancient Greek Olympics used to take place once per four years at Olympia, a district of Elis. The first games were held in 776 B.C. and took source from regular religious festivals and celebrations of the power of Zeus, the dominant King of the Pantheon of Gods. The Greeks from all the Empire used to gather next to the Sanctuary of Zeus located at Olympia Mountain to discuss their religious ideas. As an entertaining event of such meetings, the ancient Olympic Games became a competition of men in strength and power. Only male “free born Greeks” who lived anywhere in the Empire and its colonies, were allowed to participate in the competitions of the ancient Olympics. There were special separated athletic competitions for women, which were held in honor of the goddess Hera.

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