Ancient Sports Focusing on the Ancient Olypmic events

Major Events

Discus

Discus was one of the many different events in the ancient Olympics. It was prized because it showed off an athlete's precision and coordination. The event emerged in 708 B.C. in the 18th Olympiad in the Pentathlon. The typical disc weighed around 4 1/2 to 13 lbs.

Chariot Racing

Chariot Racing was one of the more favored events. Races would be in two different categories, 2 horse races and 4 horse races. Also, chariots were eventually used as part as the Roman military.

Prized Athletes

Theagenes of Thasos-Chionis of Sparta- Astylosof Croton

Theagenes was an amazing athlete in his career. He was one of the few athletes who had won more than one wreath in different events. One in boxing, and the other in pankration (an ancient forn of martial arts. Chionis of Sparta was a very iconic track and field competitor in their time. He specialized in the stadion and diaulos races, a pair of sprints that were among the festival’s oldest events. Astylos of Croton had won multiple wreaths in his career of an Olympiad. He was a runner for his city and participated in the stade and the diaulos events. Although in the second Olympiad, he ran for the city of Syracruse, so in return, the people of Croton demolished his statue and turned his home into a prison.

Reason for the Games

The reason for the games were simple, to honor the Greek god Zeus. Before sporting events were only used to represent funeral rituals. Then ancient Greeks believe the ancient games we started by Zeus in order to celebrate his victory over Kronos.

How did they return?

The games took over 1500 years to return. The question is, why? The answer is because of Barron Pierre. A Frenchman who proposed the idea in 1894. Originally, the first modern day games were to begin in 1900, to mark the beginning of a new century, but the leaders of other countries were so excited, the decided to move up the first games to 1896. Thus the modern games were born.

Citations

Author: Penn Museum Title of article, Title of Online Periodical, volume number and (issue number if available): The Real Story of the Ancient Games Retrieved from (full URL): http://www.penn.museum/sites/olympics/olympicorigins.shtml
Author: Evan Andrews Date of publication: Feb 5, 2013 Title of article, Title of Online Periodical, volume number and (issue number if available): 7 Ancient Sports Stars Retrieved from (full URL): http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/7-ancient-sports-stars
Author:olympics.org Title of article, Title of Online Periodical, volume number and (issue number if available): The Sports Events Retrieved from (full URL): https://www.olympic.org/ancient-olympic-games/the-sports-events
Author: Sarah terry Date of publication: 8-21-13 Title of article, Title of Online Periodical, volume number and (issue number if available): The History of Discus Throwing Retrieved from (full URL): http://www.livestrong.com/article/338737-the-history-of-discus-throwing/
Author: Rodrigo Quijada Plubins Date of publication: 3-06-13 Title of article, Title of Online Periodical, volume number and (issue number if available): Chariot Retrieved from (full URL): http://www.ancient.eu/chariot/

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