The first Olympic Games are rooted to the Greeks, though the genesis mythologies surrounding the Olympic event are somehow dubious. In ancient periods it was believed that Olympic Games were attributed to the gods though, persisting legends have given different accounts of the same. Nonetheless, reading back it was supposedly believed that origins of multiple aspects of Olympic events date back to the Mycenaean period.
Altogether the Greek myths attributed the Olympic events to the hero Herakles who devised the running game at Olympia to celebrate the completion of one of his twelve labors. Olympia was serene and it held the sanctuary to the god Zeus so Olympic events were held in his honor. The Olympic events at Olympia were among the most important and prestigious of the four national athletic festivals in Greek, they date back to 776 BC and the events were officially held once in every four years (four-year cycle was also known as Olympiads). The events at Olympia continued with minor interruptions from the emperor Theodosius 1, mainly due to his endeavor to impose Christianity. Nonetheless, the events continued through Christian times and were the inspiration behind the modern day Olympic events.
The first Olympic events took place in Olympia Greek, which was sanctuary holding for the Greek god. The first Olympic event to be constituted in the competition was foot races. Among the most prestigious events at Olympia was the running race. At this time the tradition of athletic nudity had been introduced and was adopted in early Olympic events.
Meanwhile, the only competition held in the first twelve Olympics was the stadion race. It was a long sprint just about 190 meters measured after Hercule’s feet. Altogether, the olympiad period was attributed to the winner and dates were actually documented to the victors’ list. Besides the stadion events, other Olympic race such as the diaulous was introduced in the 14 cycle (Olympiad). Following the success of the latter, a third race, believed to be a long one was introduced in the 15th triad, other additions to the races were made over time. However, accounts of the distances variably differ as such we cannot make precise speculations of the same.
Apart from the races, another big attraction to the Olympic Games marked by other events including, pankration, wrestling and boxing all categorized as combat in modern times. Wrestling is believed to have been introduced in the 18th Olympic events. It required exemplary skills; it deployed throws that are still exhibited in modern wrestling. Boxing a boys events was introduces as part of the Olympic events in 688 BC. This Olympic event was actually very violent. Unlike modern day boxing, there were no separate rounds and the contestants fought till the opponent could accept defeat.
At first in ancient Greek, boxers wore thin strips of leather around their fists, over time though boxing gloves were finally developed. In the following Roman period boxing gloves were weighted with iron or lead to afflict massive damage. Pankration was introduced in the 33rd Olympic event; it constituted both wrestling and boxing and was less dangerous than the latter two. Every tactic was permissible except for gouging and biting.
Besides the above, other events that were famous in the Olympic events in ancient Greece include pentathlon that appeared in the 18th Olympiad it combined wrestling, javelin throw, running, long jump and discus throw. Finally, equestrian events were also part of the Olympic events. It consisted of chariot and horse racing that was mainly reserved for the rich. A variety of Olympic events and festivals continued to take place in various locations in ancient Greek some of which are actually known to us to date.