Modern Olympics : The Modern Olympic Games Essay

1568 Words Apr 29th, 2015 7 Pages
Taura Jones
Professor Lane
History 101 World Civilizations to 1715
29 April 2015
The Modern Olympic Games
The modern Olympic games were a sequence of events where the best athletes from 12 countries competed in athletics. These athletes came together to compete in the Olympic games located in Athens in 1896. The modern Olympic games were influenced by the ancient Greek Olympic games that got banned. The modern Olympic games were reestablished in 1896. The modern Olympic games were influenced by the ancient Greek Olympic games. The development of the Olympic games provided a positive connection between all of the countries in the world (The Olympic Games).
The ancient Olympic games were dedicated to the Olympian god Zeus and played in Olympia, Greece. They were played in Olympia because that’s where the gods lived. The first ancient Olympic games were played in 776 BC. All wars were paused because of the Olympic games. Soldiers were allowed to stop fighting in the wars and compete in the games if they were a top athlete. The ancient Olympic games were played between the Greek city-states only. Male Greek citizens were originally the only people allowed to compete in the games. Women were not allowed to compete or watch the games. The winner of the games were rewarded a wreath made of olive leaves. The ancient Greek Olympics were ended by the roman emperor Theodosius I. He created a law that banned all pagan activities. He believed that the Olympics were a contradiction to his…

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