Every four years, from 776BC, the Greeks held a great festival. Artists, writers and athletes gathered to hon-our the great god Zeus. The contests were held at Olympia, and became known as the Olympic Games. The first Olympic Games were not just sporting contests.
There were plays and recitals by poets, as well as races. To the Greeks, the Games expressed the union of mind and body, striving for victory to hon-our Zeus, the king of the gods. The event lasted for three days. Athletes ran, Wrestled, rode horses and drove chariots. The Games began with the Olympic oath and ended with prizes and feasting.