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Ancient Greece
The Ancient Olympics

Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece


The Ancient Olympics
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.64

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    footrace, nude, palestra, pankration, re-enacted, pentathlon, best, society, military, emphasis, naked, supplied, attend, service, chariot, especially
     content words:    Olympic Games, Ancient Greeks, Many Romans, Caesar Augustus, In A. D., Roman Emperor Theodosius


The Ancient Olympics
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Do you like watching events like the Olympics? You have probably seen it on T.V. Perhaps you have even been able to see some of it in person!
 
2     The Olympics we see now are called the modern Olympics. No one knows the exact date of the first ancient Olympic Games. Some people think they might have started as early as the thirteenth century B.C., but the first recorded games were in 776 B.C.
 
3     There are many legends about why the Games were started. One says they were started by the god Zeus. Another says they started when the Greek hero Pelops won an important chariot race. Still another says that they are in honor of a foot race won by Hercules, which was re-enacted every four years. However the Olympic Games began, they continued every four years after that.
 
4     Ancient Greeks measured time in four year intervals called olympiads. The start of each new olympiad was celebrated with a festival of games.
 
5     The first recorded event was a footrace about 200 yards long, but soon longer races were added. Then other sports were included: wrestling, the pentathlon, boxing, chariot racing, and pankration (a combination of boxing and wrestling).

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