The olympics ancient to modern is a fascinating look at the history of the olympic and paralympic games from the first events in ancient greece right the way up to london 2012 and sochi 2014 it focusses on when and where each games has been held and some key stats such as how much it cost how many athletes competed and how many spectators came to watch. The first ancient olympic games can be traced back to olympia in 776 bc full of blood passion and extraordinary feats of athletic endeavour the olympic games were the sporting social and cultural highlight of the ancient greek calendar for almost 12 centuries. The ancient olympic games were a sporting event held every four years at the sacred site of olympia in the western peloponnese in honour of zeus the supreme god of greek religioninvolving participants and spectators from all over greece and even beyond the games were the most important cultural event in ancient greece and were held from 776 bce to 393 ce a run of 293 consecutive olympiads. The modern olympics the revival of the olympic games in 1896 unlike the original games has a clear concise history pierre de coubertin 1863 1937 a young french nobleman felt that he could institute an educational program in france that approximated the ancient greek notion of a balanced development of mind and body
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