Homework week 6 term 3
1. I know that the Olympic games were first held as a cultural festival that honours the king of the Greek gods, Zeus. The one winner was awarded sacred olive branches. The olive leaves were taken from the sacred temple of Zeus. The person who wins would also be known as a hero in their area where they live. They will also get statues built in their honour.
First, the athletes would have to make an oath on the river styx, which is a sacred place to both humans and gods. As soon as the athletes swore that oath, their mythical gods called the fates would pay very close attention to see if they break it. If they do, there will be serious consequences if anybody found out. They swore that they would take part with honour to others and follow the rules of the special event.
At first there was only one event in the Olympics, and that was the 200m sprint. After a while, new events were added to the Olympics and so the Olympics kept evolving to become what it is today.
2. The first Olympic games were held more than three thousand years ago in ancient Greece. As part of a religion that honours the king of the gods Zeus.
3. The Olympics were first dedicated to god Zeus from Greek mythology. Zeus is known to be the king of the Olympians, which are the other gods.
4. The only people that could take part in the ancient Olympics were men that had Greek origin. Women could not compete for a long time in the Olympics.
5. One of the events that were added to the Olympics was the pentathlon. Pentathlon contains five events. These events are: fencing, 200 meters if freestyle swimming, show jumping and a joined together event of pistol shooting and a 3200 meter cross country.
6. It is true that there was only one winner in the ancient Olympics.
7. The winner would receive branches of an olive tree from the sanctuary of Zeus. The winner would also get statues built in his honour as well as poems and being known as a hero in his hometown.
8. The first modern Olympics were held in 1896. A man named Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee. The IOC then organised the new modern Olympic games.
9. There are many similarities between the modern Olympics and the ancient Olympics. Some examples are the Olympic torch, being held every four years, pentathlon and running races.
10. The three things I learnt when I watched the BTN were:
Athletes competed naked in the ancient Olympics
The winner had statues built in his honour
There was boxing in the ancient Olympics