Ludi Olympici

The Olympic Games.

Created by the ancient Greeks in 776 BC, they were celebrated every 4 years until 393 AD when Roman Emperor Theodosius the Great decided to stop them because of their too pagan flavor in a freshly christianized empire. Their name is not related to Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods but to the city of Olympia where they were held.

The original Greek name is Olympiakoi Agones. Agones means ‘contest’ in Greek and not ‘game’ like in Latin or English. We can also find it in the words protagonist or antagonism.

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