History of sacred Greecian games lives on in history

Eric Pabon, Entertainment Editor

   The greatest athletes in the world get a chance to compete in the fiercest games the world has ever seen: the Olympics.

   According to History.com, the first recorded Olympic games date back to 776 B.C.

   Supposedly, Coroebus the Cook won the only event which was a 192-meter foot race.

   As legend has it, Heracles (the Roman Hercules) and a mortal woman named Alcmene founded the games to honor Zeus. By 6th Century B.C., the games had become extremely popular.

   Like today, the games were held every four years. They were held in Olympia in southern Greece.

   Up until 684 B.C., the events lasted only a day. Then, they were extended to three days. In the 5th Century B.C., the event was extended to cover five days.

   The athletes who competed were limited to male citizens of Greece that were free. Married women were not allowed to attend the event. Sorry, ladies.

   As a test of speed, athletes would run a stade, which was a 200-meter foot race. They could also run a diaulos, which was two stades, or a 400 meter race.

   At the 18th Olympiad (Olympic games), a five-event series called a pentathlon was added that included running, jumping, spear throwing, discus throwing, and wrestling.

   Boxing was added at the 23rd Olympiad in addition to chariot racing and other sports.

   The games continued to prosper, until A.D. 394, when Roman emperor Theodosius I ended them because he felt they  were too pagan.

   The games were revived in 1896, and have continued to peak since. The world has seen the greatest athletes emerge because of it.