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The ancient origins of the Olympics | TED-Ed |  Thousands of years in the making, the Olympics began as part of a religious festival honoring the Greek god Zeus in the rural Greek town of Olympia. But how did it become the greatest show of sporting excellence on earth? Armand D’Angour explains the evolution of the Olympics.

The ancient origins of the Olympics | TED-Ed | Thousands of years in the making, the Olympics began as part of a religious festival honoring the Greek god Zeus in the rural Greek town of Olympia. But how did it become the greatest show of sporting excellence on earth? Armand D’Angour explains the evolution of the Olympics.

Loukoumades, the Ancient Olympic Treat.  These are amazing.  Even better than the ones at Greek Festivals.

Loukoumades, the Ancient Olympic Treat. These are amazing. Even better than the ones at Greek Festivals.

Ancient Greece Map vs Modern Greece Map - http://www.epictourist.com/ancient-greece-map-vs-modern-greece-map/

Ancient Greece Map vs Modern Greece Map - http://www.epictourist.com/ancient-greece-map-vs-modern-greece-map/

The Olympic victor received his first awards immediately after the competition. A Greek judge would place a palm branch in his hands, while the spectators cheered and threw flowers to him. Red ribbons were tied on his head and hands as a mark of victory. http://www.olympic.org/ancient-olympic-games#

The Olympic victor received his first awards immediately after the competition. A Greek judge would place a palm branch in his hands, while the spectators cheered and threw flowers to him. Red ribbons were tied on his head and hands as a mark of victory. http://www.olympic.org/ancient-olympic-games#

The History of the Olympics: from Ancient Olympics to Modern Olympics. This product can be used with Summer Olympics or Winter Olympics!

The History of the Olympics: from Ancient Olympics to Modern Olympics. This product can be used with Summer Olympics or Winter Olympics!

A graceful brooch from the A. Leondarakis jeweler’s collection with a chic design. It is handcrafted from 925 sterling silver and has a wonderful gold plated brushed finish. Marialena Leondaraki, when designing this elegant brooch, was inspired by the leaves on the olive wreath (kotinos) worn by victorious athletes of the ancient Olympic games…

A graceful brooch from the A. Leondarakis jeweler’s collection with a chic design. It is handcrafted from 925 sterling silver and has a wonderful gold plated brushed finish. Marialena Leondaraki, when designing this elegant brooch, was inspired by the leaves on the olive wreath (kotinos) worn by victorious athletes of the ancient Olympic games…

The BBC offers a great interactive website on The Olympic Games and Ancient Greeks for primary grades.

The BBC offers a great interactive website on The Olympic Games and Ancient Greeks for primary grades.

Ancient Olympic Games - According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC...

Ancient Olympic Games - According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC...

Teachers Pet - FREE Classroom Display Resources for Early Years (EYFS), Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2)

Teachers Pet - FREE Classroom Display Resources for Early Years (EYFS), Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2)

Gingerbread Parthenon - the link is just a phone (no instructions) but I think it would be pretty easy to duplicate.

Gingerbread Parthenon - the link is just a phone (no instructions) but I think it would be pretty easy to duplicate.

Ancient Greece Definition Cards - Free printable cards for learning terms relevant to Ancient Greece such as acropolis, Olympics, and Oracle of Delphi

Free, Printable Ancient Greece Definition Cards

Ancient Greece Definition Cards - Free printable cards for learning terms relevant to Ancient Greece such as acropolis, Olympics, and Oracle of Delphi