Origin and history of the olympic games from grolier online’s new book of knowledge the rise of the games the olympic games originated long ago in ancient greece exactly when the games were first held and what circumstances led to their creation is uncertain.
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. Like so much of ancient history, the origins of the olympic games held in olympia, a district in southern greece, are shrouded in myth and legend the greeks dated events from the first olympiad (the four-year period between games) in 776 bc—two decades before the legendary founding of rome, so the founding of rome can be dated ol 63 or the third year of the 6th olympiad, which is 753 bce. The marathon was not an event of the ancient olympic games the marathon is a modern event that was first introduced in the modern olympic games of 1896 in athens, a race from marathon northeast of athens to the olympic stadium, a distance of 40 kilometers. The history and origins of the olympic games take us back into the past of ancient greece and the legends of the heroic athletes visiting the city of olympia every.
The first written records of the ancient olympic games date to 776 bc, when a cook named coroebus won the only event–a 192-meter footrace called the stade (the origin of the modern “stadium”)–to become the first olympic champion.
The ancient olympic games were religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of zeus in olympia, the origin of the olympics is shrouded in mystery and legend the 2014 winter olympics in sochi were the most expensive olympic games in history,.
History a torch race the olympic games were held to be one of the two central rituals in ancient greece, the story of the ancient olympic games the origin of the olympics olympia and macedonia: games, gymnasia and politics thomas f scanlon, professor of classics, university of california.