The Greeks invented athletic contests and held them in honour of their gods.
The Isthmos game were staged every two years at the Isthmos of Corinth.
The Pythian games took place every four years near Delphi. But the most famous games were those at Olympia, a town in south-western Greece.
The Olympic Games took place every four years. The ancient Olympics seem to have begun in the early 700 BC, in honour of Zeus. No women were allowed to watch the games.
Pottery dating from around 550 BC shows men taking part in the games naked or wearing only a thong.
Read more about the Olympic Games:
- Daily Life in ancient Greece
- Symposium, the ancient Greek drinking parties
- The Ancient City of Athens
- Ariston shares his experience in the Olympic Games 2500 years ago
- Athletes Stories from Olympics in ancient Greece
- Olympic Games in Greece
- Virtual Tour of Knossos by the British School of Athens