The Olympic Festival of Antiquity: The Olympic Festival of Antiquity "There are enough irksome and troublesome things in life; aren't things just as bad at the Olympic festival? Aren't you scorched there by the fierce heat? Aren't you crushed in the crowd? Isn't it difficult to freshen yourself up? Doesn't the rain soak you to the skin? Aren't you bothered by the noise, the din and other nuisances? But it seems to me that you are well able to bear and indeed gladly endure all these, when you think of the gripping spectacles that you will see." Epictetus, AD 1st
Slide3: During the Olympic festival, a number of athletic contests were held:
pentathlon (jumping, running, javelin, discus, wrestling)
Ancient Greece’s Contribution to Modern Culture: Ancient Greece’s Contribution to Modern Culture
The Olympiad: The Olympiad After the 5th century BC the games, which were held every four years, lasted five days. They were scheduled during the hottest months of the year.
Throughout the centuries the games evolved, the number of athletic contests from the first to the last Olympiad increased and new contests were introduced.
During the 5 days of the Olympic festival, the Greeks sacrificed to Zeus and other deities of the sanctuary. A number of athletic games took place. The festival ended with great religious and festive ceremonies.