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26 Jul 2004
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The Ancient Olympic Games

Did you know that Socrates, Pythagoras, Aristotle and even the father of medicine, Hippocrates attended or even participated in the ancient Games and that Plato, another famous philosopher, was a double winner of the pankration? This and more can be discovered in the new section “The Ancient Olympic Games”.


History, mythology, athletes and sports events

The new section provides information on the history of the Games in Ancient Greece, the mythology, the Olympic Truce, the athletes and the sports events.


Seven-minute video

The highlight of the section is a seven-minute video produced by the IOC in collaboration with Eurosport. The video illustrates a few episodes of the Games, like the intrusion of a woman into the stadium and the punishment she should have received for this. It is full of humour and fun.


Factsheet on the Ancient Games

The Ancient Olympic Games will also be summarised in a special factsheet. It will be one of 13 factsheets that can be found on the site. Nine of them are already available in the document section.


Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games

During the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens the historical aspect of the Games will be highlighted through the shot put event, which will take place in Olympia, the original birthplace of the Olympic Games, and the Marathon, which will be run over the original route between Marathon and Athens.


Did you know?

 But, did you know that the famous marathon race did not exist in the Ancient Games? The starting pistol of the first Olympic marathon was fired on 14 April 1896 at 2 p.m.

All of this and even more can be found in the new section on the Ancient Olympic Games.

Discover the Ancient Olympic Games
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