@ancientolympics

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The Olympics will be back in Rio De Janeiro this August! Are you hyped up? We sure are! The four-year wait will be over soon! Have you ever wondered of the origins of the Olympics? The ancient Olympics actually began in the 776 BC in Olympia, Greece. The games were as extravagant in ancient times as they were today, with fire-eaters, palm readers and prostitutes attending the event. The Olympic games were an allegiance to Zeus and the first game only had a foot race. As time went on, there were more events such as running, wrestling (pentathlon), discus throwing, jumping, boxing, pankration (“primitive form of martial art combining wrestling and boxing”) and equestrian events (“horse and chariot races”) etc. The ancient Olympic games actually ended in 393 or 394 AD (some disparity in sources) as “pagan festivals” were forbidden under emperor Theodosius. However, the first modern Olympics started back in 1896 in Athens, Greece. (thankfully!) We created a twitter thread to incorporate the ancient Olympics into modern times. Check out our twitter timeline to find out more about some of the legendary athletes of the ancient Olympics!

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