Ancient 
Greek Olympics

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Ancient Greece for Kids 

The first Olympics games are usually given the start year of 776 BCE, but they probably began even sooner. The ancient Greeks loved competitions of all sorts, especially sporting competitions. The Olympics were not the only competition games held in ancient Greece, but they were the most popular.  

The Greeks took the Olympic games quite seriously. Nearly all the ancient Greek cities sent teams to participate in the ancient Greek Olympics. 

If two or more Greek city-states happen to be at war with each other when the game date arrived, war was halted for the duration of the games. 

Everyone wanted their city-state to win!

 

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