I never realized the sheer amount of nudity in the ancient Olympic Games until our teacher tour of Olympia, Greece this week. They were also covered in oil. The only people allowed to attend and watch the Olympic Games were men, and the first years of the games, they could be clothed.
All rights reserved. Nike, winged goddess of victory in ancient Greek mythology, presents a laurel wreath and sash to winners of the Olympic Games. As the games of the XXXI Olympiad get under way, competing in the nude isn't the only ancient custom that has fallen out of fashion.
The ancient Olympics first took place in BC at a place called Olympia, a sacred site dedicated to Zeus, king of the gods. Located in the Alpheus river valley in southern Greece, Olympia should not be confused with Mount Olympus, located in northern Greece and legendary home of the major Greek gods. Olympia was not only the original site of the Olympics; it was the permanent venue for successive Olympics- one every four years for almost years.
Lima flame extinguished as Pan American Games come to an end. At the Olympic Games in Athens, Iranian judoka Arash Miresmaeili was disqualified for weighing in at nearly four pounds above the limit for his weight class of his under kilograms match against an Israeli opponent Ehud Vaks in the first round. It was claimed Miresmaeili had gone on an eating binge to protest the International Olympic Committee's recognition of the state of Israel.
Streaking is the act of running naked through a public place as a pranka dare, for publicity or an act of protest. It is often associated with sporting events but can occur in more secluded areas. It usually involves running quickly which also reflects the original meaning of the word before it became associated with nudity.
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The ancient Olympic Games were primarily a part of a religious festival in honor of Zeus, the father of the Greek gods and goddesses. The festival and the games were held in Olympiaa rural sanctuary site model shown here, courtesy of the British Museum in the western Peloponnesos. The Greeks that came to the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia shared the same religious beliefs and spoke the same language.
The Olympic Games have not always been about skintight lycra suits and nifty silver sneakers. Did you know that when the Games started the athletes were mainly in the nude? Many people believe that the Games began in BC but there is some evidence to suggest that celebrations and games took place as early as 10th or 9th century BC. The Games originally formed part of the celebration festivities for the god Zeus.
Toggle navigation MENU. The festival and the games were held in Olympia see 'Did you know' in the glossarya rural sanctuary site model shown here, courtesy of the British Museum in the western Peloponnesos. The Greeks that came to the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia shared the same religious beliefs and spoke the same language.
As you probably saw, the organisers of the Sydney Olympics suffered the latest in a series of embarrassments this week when the medals for the games were unveiled and found to depict a Roman-style colosseum. The feeling was that the medals should have featured a building more in keeping with the spirit of the modern Olympic movement, such as a pharmaceutical plant. Or failing that, something in keeping with the old Olympic movement, such as a Greek temple. The Greeks founded the games, as we know, way back in the year dot approximately.