The Panhellenic games played a pivotal role in Ancient Greece for a myriad of cultural, political and religious reasons. These four games were seen as the most prestigious and were held to honor the Gods; Apollo (God of sky and Thunder), Zeus (God of Sun and Light), Heracles (Son on Zeus) and Poseidon (God of the sea) (Olympic.org). The festivals were held at varying intervals between 2 - 4 years within the city state of origin. The city states were played an important role as they housed the religious sanctuaries for these gods. These sanctuaries served as a place of religious refuge where persons could seek asylum without fear of being persecuted or attacked.
The purpose of this essay is to answer the question of how accurate the Hollywood movie, Troy, really was and whether it portrayed Homer’s tragic, charming side of the story or the predicted historical side. Troy is precise in its portrayal of the setting and the intensity of the Trojan war. Nevertheless, the reason to why the war occurred has many believable theories. The story was written by a very famous Greek writer and poet, Homer, the author of the well-known Iliad and Odyssey. The source of the Movie Troy came from the Iliad, an epic poem written by Homer around 800 B.C., despite that the actual war occurred 400 years before.
Greek Mythology had a great influence on modern day sports and the olympics, which were held in honor of the gods in ancient Greece. The olympics were held in order to allow men to show off their physical abilities, but more importantly were, “held in honour of Zeus every single time” in order to appease him (“Greek Mythology and Western Civilization”). The Olympics stopped being held after many centuries, but started again in 1896 all around the world. They continue to be held today, but are no longer to praise the gods, but are simply for athletes to showcase their abilities and bring pride and honor to their countries. The torch of the Olympics and the awards ceremony that were in the first Olympics are
Introduction The ancient Olympic Games began in the year 776 BC, when Koroibos, a cook from the nearby city of Elis, won the stadion race, a foot race 600 feet long.From 776 BC, the Games were held in Olympia every four years for almost 12 centuries. The ancient Olympic Games were primarily a part of a religious festival in honor of Zeus, the father of the Greek gods and goddesses. The festival and the games were held in Olympia.The Greeks that came to the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia shared the same religious beliefs and spoke the same language. The athletes were all male citizens of the city-states from every corner of the Greek world How did the Ancient Olympics influence the Modern Olympics? The ancient olympics were created by the son of Zeus Hercules and if it were not for him or the ancient greeks (there might not be big sporting event every four years called the Olympics .
I am also hoping to answer the question, did he really exist, or was he just a face made up in the mind of the people to provide an image of what may of been. The Iliad is a story staged ten years after the start of the trojan war. The story takes place through many battle and is essentially a political conflict between the greek gods Zeus and Achilles. Throughout the dispute between the Greek and the Trojan there are many casualties with one god supporting one side and the other supporting the other. The war ended when Achilles slayed Hector outside the gates of Troy, the gods are again at peace and hector is returned to his family and given a proper burial.
This idea did not start with the Greeks but existed in ancient Egyptian culture, where they built temples as places for the gods to reside on earth. In Greek, temples were also the centre of popular gathering purposes such as festivals and sports and artistic competitions, so religion was never far from the mind of an ancient Greek. The most famous expression of classical Greek architecture is the Parthenon of
This smithing god was extremely significant because he reflected the war type culture of the Greeks, to which they devoted their praise to in order to bring them success in battles. In one example “Hephaestus was called upon by the mother of Achilles “Thetis” to craft another shield for Achilles due to the loss of his armor by Patroclus in battle.” This shield was crafted elegantly and expertly to defend Achilles in battle with multiple folds in it as a reflection of Greek culture. The first fold of the shield “herein he wrought the earth, therein the heavens therein the sea, and the unwearied sun, and the moon at the full, and therein all the constellations wherewith heaven is crowned” (Homer). This part of the shield reflected the power of the cosmos at the core of his shield. The next fold was “fashioned he also two cities of mortal men exceeding fair” (Homer).
Art was, and still is, a very popular form of expression within societies. In Ancient Greece, visual arts such as paintings, pottery, and architecture were just some of the many significant mediums through which art was created. These artworks flourished and were found all over cities expressing their values of religion. The government also had a strong influence on the creation of large scale artistic projects, reserving land for the creation of temples and palaces. One such reservation was made for the building of the Acropolis, home to one of the greatest Greek buildings the world, The Parthenon (see figure 1).
The Ancient Olympic Games celebrated culture and politics as much as athleticism. Examining the Ancient Games through these lenses reveals a contradiction between fostering national Greek unity and the rivalries between Greece’s many city-states. Every four years, tens of thousands of Greeks from hundreds of different city-states came together to compete against each other in sports but also to conduct politics and important business. On the one hand, the Games were grounded in religion and myth, something common to all Greeks across the empire. However, the focus on individual athletes and their victories necessarily served to divide the city-states as they fought for individual honors and prizes.
Thucydides describes a 100-year military treaty the Athenians, Argives, Mantineans, and Eleans entered into, which was recorded in public inscriptions on stone pillars at the first three cities, and on a bronze pillar at Olympia. Sports contests always took place in the context of a religious festival in honour of a god and near a sanctuary. The origin of the contests was also explained by the intervention of gods and mythical heroes. The Olympic Games lasted five days, but only on two days there were contests. On the first day, the athletes and the hellanodikai swore not to offend the rules in a solemn oath to Zeus.
The businesses took advantage of their workers by extending work hours but also leaving their wages the same. They were trying to work them for every penny they could not caring who they were hurting in the process. The people also disfavored the new political system they did not agree with politicians no longer listening to the opinions of the people, they felt that they were being silenced and they could do nothing about it. The corporations may have lowered the costs of a few accommodations but it was outweighed by the unfairness the people had to deal with. The growing of large businesses in size, number, and influenced changed the United States severely.
“There is so much money being made, and the people that create this wealth don’t get to participate and they don’t get to graduate. Thats a big deal”, said basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Some of these athletes spend so much time on their sport that they can’t graduate. This is similar to sharecropping because, in a way the system is set up so some athletes can’t
Many believe it is absurd to still consider the NCAA amateur sports after all it has become but just as many think the exact opposite and that college athletes already receive fair compensation for their participation. This is a big decision that could impact the lives of thousands nationwide and revolutionize sports as we know it. College athletes should not be paid because of the many benefits that come with being a student athlete and because it is not a realistic resolution. One reason college athletes should not be paid is because of the many benefits there already are to playing a collegiate sport. One being reduced or free admission also known as a scholarship.
The Olympic Games are a significant event not only in today 's society, but also in the lives of the ancient Greeks, with its origins stretching way back to the classical time. The Ancient Olympic Games were primarily a part of a religious festival that honoured Zeus, the father of the Greek gods and goddesses. They were an athletic event that was held every 4 years and began in the early 700 BC. The Ancient Olympic Games were held at Olympia, which is in the south-west of Greece, and involved a series of athletic competitions among representatives of the 10 city-states. The Olympics is said to have mythological origins, with many different myths claiming to be the cause of the games.