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" It was perhaps the greatest spectacle in the ancient world. Starting in 776 BC, and every four years thereafter, the greatest warriors of the city-states of Greece would journey to Olympia to engage in a massive festival featuring contests of strength and speed. In the frenzied atmosphere of the Olympics, the contestants and observers lived in a state of Bacchanalian excess reciting poetry, dancing to the lyre, and offering sacrifices to the gods. But the focus was the contests in boxing, wrestling, and races on foot and in chariot. The winners were bathed in olive oil and celebrated. The losers emerged physically and mentally beaten if they survived! The blood and honor of the ancient Olympics come to life in this thrilling program. Visit Olympia and see the ruins of the ancient town and stadium that hosted these contests. Hear accounts of some of the greatest struggles, preserved forever by ancient writers, and learn from leading scholars the essential role this epic festival and its bloody contests played in Ancient Greece."
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