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The myth behind the Olympics


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Posted 27 July 2012 - 11:02 AM

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Victoria Grossack: The official ancient Olympics began in 776 BCE in Olympia, Greece, whose ruins you can visit today.  However, the ancient Olympics were based on even earlier athletic exploits.  Some say that the inspiration was Herakles (Hercules), others cite the funeral games in The Iliad, and others talk about the Nemean games  conducted by those going to war against Thebes.  But the founding myth that goes back the furthest belongs to a hero called Pelops.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 05:42 AM

Great article, I enjoyed the read... :tu:

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:41 AM

Thanks, like Khaleid I enjoyed reading your article, I'm a sucker for ancient history.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:45 PM

Loved the article. Great information. As Code said, "Sucker for ancient history."


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Posted 11 August 2012 - 06:08 PM

Tomorrow is the last day of the 2012 (Roman numeral XXX) Summer Olympiad and Londoners will pass the olympic torch to Brazil for the 2016 or XXXI Summer Olympiad to Rio de Janeiro. About 3 or 4 cities are placing a bid on the 2020 (or 2024) summer olympics: Istanbul, Turkey; Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, Japan and I believe Doha, Qatar unless they dropped out. Only one US city: Tulsa, Oklahoma placed its name on the list, but IOC officials do not favor another North American city for the 2020 and to host the 2022 (or 2026) winter olympics.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 05:29 AM

What can I say? The olympics is an old golden opportunity idea and here's a newspaper article to back up my claim on Tulsa bids to host them!
http://www.midwestsp...-2024-olympics/

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