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  • Slide 1 - The Olympic Games
  • Slide 2 - Epictetus on the Ancient Olympic Spectator Aren’t you devoured by the fierce heat? Aren’t you smashed in the crowd? Aren’t you upset by the noise, the roar of the crowd and other disturbances? But it appears to me that you are well able to endure and indeed happily suffer all of this, when you consider the exciting spectacles you will see.
  • Slide 3 - The First Games Historical date is 776 BCE Founder: Zeus, Hercules or Pelops Held at Olympia, in Elis every 4 years
  • Slide 4 - Where Is Olympia?
  • Slide 5 - The Origin of the Games Originally lasted only one day Contests confined to running and wrestling First winners were usually Spartan Held after the harvest was over
  • Slide 6 - Olympic Truce No taking up of weapons or legal disputes Guarantee safe passage for athletes and spectators to and from Olympia Lasted up to 3 months
  • Slide 7 - Ancient Events Discus Javelin Long Jump Footrace Wrestling
  • Slide 8 - Ancient Events Boxing Equestrian Events Chariot Racing Riding Pankration
  • Slide 9 - Famous Athletes Milo of Kroton 540 BCE Warrior/Athlete Theagenes of Thasos 480 BCE Statue of a god
  • Slide 10 - Zeus, the Olympic God Games were part of a religious festival to honor Zeus Geographical convenience of Olympia
  • Slide 11 - Competitors Anyone who was free-born and spoke Greek Separate categories for men and boys No female competitors
  • Slide 12 - The Woman Who Dared . . . Married females were banned from watching the games (under penalty of death). Unmarried females were allowed to watch “A widowed woman dared to watch her son compete . . . Disguised as a trainer, she slipped into the training area, but she revealed herself when leaping over a barrier.” (Pausanias 5.6.8)
  • Slide 13 - Winner Takes All Crown of olive leaves Statue at Olympia Increased glory for his community Financial Benefits – but, remember the story of the Persian king?
  • Slide 14 - Cheater, Cheater What happened if an athlete cheated? How did atheletes cheat? Did judges ever cheat?
  • Slide 15 - Not Just Athletics Time for Greeks to discuss political issues Form military alliances Celebrate military victories
  • Slide 16 - Training Grounds Palaistra Strigil
  • Slide 17 - The tale of Glaukos “Glaukos was a farmer. One day the ploughshare detached from the plough and his father noticed him hammering it back in with his fist . . . . The old father decided take his son to the next Olympic Games . . . When he came to face his last opponent he was so badly wounded everyone thought he would have to admit defeat, but his father cried out, “Son, remember the ploughshare,” and Glaukos bashed his opponent so hard the contest ended.” Pausanias 6.10.1-3
  • Slide 18 - Pankration Most violent of sports “folk with the smashed ears” Plato
  • Slide 19 - Wrestling Bending of fingers allowed Gouging and biting forbidden Wrestlers were respected
  • Slide 20 - Pankration Wrestling, kung fu boxing
  • Slide 21 - Important Dates in Olympic History 1700-1200 BCE sports festivals on Crete and Greece 776 BCE founding date of Olympic Games 424 Spartan threat Spartans fined and not allowed to compete that year
  • Slide 22 - End of the Ancient Games Athletes begin to credit themselves and not Zeus; religious and national unity breaks down 80 BCE Sulla transfers the games to Rome Temples converted to honor humans Augustus & Alexander the Great
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