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 first Olympics ( which may have begun as far back as the 9th century B.C.) 3,000 years ago evolved out of a religious festival honoring Zeus. The idea behind the Olympics was twofold: to exhibit the talents and development of young citizens and to bring Greeks together in a friendly, diplomatic setting ( sort of like an ancient United Nations Summit ).