The ancient Olympic Games
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Explore the differences between the ancient and modern Olympic Games.
The first written record of the Olympic Games dates from 776 BC but the event probably started long before then. The Games ran continuously for almost a thousand years and became so important that wars were halted by a sacred truce while they were taking place. The Pythian, Nemean, Isthmian and Olympic Games were the main contests. The gathering at Olympia started small but gradually grew larger to become the leading event.