The ancient Olympic Games were held in a city called Ellis in Olympia. The games were originally held to praise Zeus the god, much of the five day event were taken up with speeches and parades, the games were manly held every four years from 776 BC to AD 93. Around the fourth century was when the Olympics had lost its meaning. Athletes only were only in it or winning money. In 1896 the Olympics became just a sporting event.
The most exciting race was the chariot race that was held in the hippodrome, many chariots didn’t finish the 12 lap race and 40 chariots would race. The pentathlon was also held in the hippodrome and the sports it included were discus, long jump, javelin, 200 metre sprint and wrestling. Wrestling was always most popular and some of the wrestlers died. The marathons were another popular sport, contestants ran in leg guards and wore a helmet and carried a shield, and they also ran naked.