History Of The Modern Olympics

The current modern Olympics is the greatest sporting event in the world. The modern Olympic games include all sports, like basketball, soccer, track and swimming. The Olympic games also include the five main continents of the world, North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia. The Olympics stand for the unification of all the athletes around the world to compete in these games. Furthermore, the only reason the modern Olympics are here is because of the ancient Greeks, and the creation and evolution of these incredible games. The ancient Greek Olympics were the first to create and hold the inaugural Olympics. The Greek Olympics had its own purpose back in ancient times. The Olympics has evolved and gained a new purpose. …show more content…
The ancient Greek Olympic games had a Hellenic style. The games were held in the same place every year, and Greek blood was considered necessary for admission (“Pierre de Coubertin: On the First Modern Olympics” 2017). The Greek Olympic games were officially held in Greece. These games started in 776 BCE. The Olympic games in Greece stopped around the fourth century. The Greek Olympic games lasted for over 1,200 years (“Pierre de Coubertin: On the First Modern Olympics” 2017). Since there was a rise of city states in different locations, each city-state grew and wanted to show its supreme authority. Representatives from city-states traveled to Olympia to gain maximum fortitude in competition (“The Olympics: Ancient versus Modern” 2011). The Greek Olympics showed its style and character, but the Greek Olympics also represented fierce competition within the Olympic arena (“Gold, Silver and Bronze” 2012). The ancient Greek Olympic games was a festival only for male athletes. The games honored the God Zeus (Sports in Greece: Ancient World” 2017). In 420 BC the Olympic games were in its prime. When the Greeks defeated the Persians in 480 BC, the Greeks gained control of the whole Aegean Empire. The new empire brought wealth and commerce, developing its leading citizens and the empire (“Gold, Silver and Bronze” 2012). The Olympic …show more content…
For the equestrian part of the Olympics maintaining horses, and having a team meant that the chariot races only permitted to the wealthy (Swaddling 2008, 95). The chariot races were only permitted to the wealthy because racing horses cost a lot of money, and having a team, so owners had to pay those people. Greeks that were wealthy in the Southern colonies of Italy and Sicily were competitive. The wealthy people invested in equestrian events, and recruited athletes from other city-states (Swaddling 2008, 96). The trading of athletes from other city-states is what started the bribery and Olympic scandals. The Greeks Olympics were so competitive and intense that bribery started to take place. In the fourth century BC a Syracusan tyrant tried to bribe the father of an Olympic victor in men’s boxing to make the boy declare himself as a Syracusan (Swaddling 2008, 95). Greek city-states sometimes would pay for an Olympic athlete’s training. There were even times when city-states bought top athletes to help benefit their athletic and equestrian triumph.
The Olympics got so competitive that the government of Elis, where the games were held at that time, had to create a truce between all Greek city-states. A truce for the Olympic was announced before, and during every Olympics festival. The truce was so that

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