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.

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 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!

Summer Olympics History Pack (from Ancient Olympics to Modern Olympics)

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

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