Chapter 7 Early Cultures PE in US borrowed from development of Europeans from prehistory to 1800s. Included survival skills: running, jumping, wrestling, swimming, climbing, throwing. Tribal/family leaders taught skills through imitation. Egyptians Warrior class used weapons, chariots
to 400 AD
From 776 BC, the Games were held in Olympia every four years for almost 12 centuries.
The first recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BC. There was just one event, a race over a distance called a stade. A stade was about 180 meters, nearly the length of the stadium at Olympia. The race was won by a young cook, Coroebus, from Elis.
Chariot race of the funeral games of Patroklos: our first glimpse of organized Greek athletics where prizes are awarded. Note the cauldron and the tripod as prizes.
Sotades at the ninety-ninth Festival was victorious in the long race and proclaimed a Cretan, as in fact he was.
With five victories at Olympia, perhaps the most famous and successful of Olympic wrestlers was Milo. When attempting his sixth Olympic victory at forty years old, he was finally beaten by a younger man.
A famous pankriatist named Sostartos was nicknamed "Mr. Finger-tips," because he would break his opponents fingers early in the match to make them surrender.
in the 5th century B.C.