Ancient Olympic Games  

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The Ancient Olympic Games, originally referred to as simply the Olympic Games (Template:Lang-el; Olympiakoi Agones) were a series of athletic competitions held for representatives of various city-states of Ancient Greece. Earliest records indicate that they began in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece. There are various legends regarding the origin of the Games. They were celebrated until 393 AD. The Games were usually held every four years or olympiad, as the unit of time came to be known. During a celebration of the Games and Olympic Truce was enacted to enable athletes to travel from their various countries to Olympia in safety. The prizes for the victors were olive wreaths, palm branches, and woollen ribbons.

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