19th March: OLYMPICS Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες

Posted Saturday March 19, 2016 by Despina K

Welcome to Day 19 of Speak Greek in March:

OLYMPICS Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες

The Olympic Games (Greek: Ολυμπιακοί αγώνες, “Olympiakoi Agones”) were a series of athletic competitionsamong representatives of city-states and one of thePanhellenic Games of Ancient Greece. They were held in honor of Zeus, and the Greeks gave them a mythologicalorigin. The first Olympics is traditionally dated to 776 BC. They continued to be celebrated when Greece came underRoman rule, until the emperor Theodosius I suppressed them in 394 AD as part of the campaign to impose Christianity as the state religion of Rome. The games were held every four years, or olympiad, which became a unit of time in historical chronologies. (Source: Wikipedia)


Οι σύγχρονοι Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες αποτελούν αναβίωση των αρχαίων Αγώνων, που διεξάγονταν κάθε τέσσερα χρόνια στην Ολυμπία, από τον 8ο αιώνα π.Χ. έως τον 4ο αι. μ.Χ.

Day 19 episode courtesy of SBS Greek – Ελληνικό Πρόγραμμα Ραδιοφωνίας SBS Speak Greek in March: “Olympics” με την Καθηγήτρια Ευγενία Λιοσάτου. CLICK HERE to listen to full episode.

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