The First Olympics
The first Olympics were held in ancient Greece to honor the Greek gods and goddesses, mainly Zeus, the father of the gods. It is said the only event in the first Olympics was a running event and then as they began to hold the Olympic ceremony every Olympiad (a Greek word for four year intervals) there were more events added. One of the sons of the great God Zeus was credited for the idea of the first Olympic Games but many historians have disagreed on the subject over the years, and it is such ancient history that it is hard to prove the facts completely, so there is still much speculation as to how it all really went. The Olympic became increasingly popular in these ancient times and statues were carved of many of the winning athletes of these games, they were also awarded olive branches and a large sum of money at the time for being victorious.
Another thing that has been said about the first Olympics and all the ancient Greece Olympics after this that all wars and fighting stopped in order to celebrate and many of the competitors were young Greek soldiers. It is also thought that during the ancient Olympic Games and especially the first Olympic games that the competitors all competed in the nude except for a loin cloth like thing. The poets and minstrels of the time sang many praises and wrote many poems about the great athletes of the time, who were supposed to be just young Greek free men, but as stated before many were soldiers as well. One of the other rules was that only men could compete and no woman were allowed until equestrian events were added in the future Olympics, and then the women were allowed to compete in these events. All of the competitors also had to make a vow to Zeus and state they were in training for ten months prior to the Olympics; this helped ensure their good physical condition and helped to guarantee a competitive Olympics.