The Greeks and the Ancient Olympic Games 776 (1,000) B.C.E. – 394 A.D. KIN 375 –Dr. D. Frankl The Greeks
KIN 375 –Dr. D. Frankl
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470 – 399 B.C.
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"The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato"
A. N. Whitehead, Process and Reality, 1929
• What may have originated as a religious tribute to Zeus around 1,000 B.C.E. in the small town of Olympia on Mt. Olympus, later became the celebration of the ancient Olympic Games.
Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia
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The Olympic Games’ organizer city-state of Elis instituted Paxa Olympica to protect against military incursions which interrupted the Games. Every four years, special heralds from Elis were sent out to all corners of the Greek world to announce the approaching Olympic festival and games. Along with this news, they would announce the Olympic Truce, which protected athletes, visitors, spectators and official embassies who came to the festival from becoming involved in local conflicts.
The horse race had been completed, as well as the events of the pentathlon which were held in the dromos. The finalists of the pentathlon who had qualified for the wrestling event were competing in the space between the dromos and the altar...
The attacking Eleans pursued the allied enemy... The allied forces fought from the roofs of the porticos... while the Eleans defended themselves from ground level.
• love of and joy in participating in physical activities;