Saturday, April 20, 2013

A day in Greece

This week our Classical Conversations group (just the younger kids) headed to "Olympia Greece" for a super fun Olympic event. It was Sparta vs Athens, strength vs. brains. The children competed against the other children in their age group. We were part of Team Sparta, oh yeah!
According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC. They were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia. They continued for nearly 12 centuries, until Emperor Theodosius decreed in 393 A.D. that all such "pagan cults" be banned. (
Lilly started with the obstacle course. There was a ball toss (or just carry), a bear crawl (complete with growling), a weaving run, and a sack hop.

Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games, is in the western part of the Peloponnese which, according to Greek mythology, is the island of "Pelops", the founder of the Olympic Games. Imposing temples, votive buildings, elaborate shrines and ancient sporting facilities were combined in a site of unique natural and mystical beauty. Olympia functioned as a meeting place for worship and other religious and political practices as early as the 10th century B.C. The central part of Olympia was dominated by the majestic temple of Zeus, with the temple of Hera parallel to it. (

Games included long jump, javelin and a discus throw.

There was also a regular race and a relay race.
I completely LOVE how she smiles as she goes!

And last, but not least, the chariot race!

The official award ceremony would take place on the last day of the Games, at the elevated vestibule of the temple of Zeus. In a loud voice, the herald would announce the name of the Olympic winner, his father's name, and his homeland. Then, the Hellanodikis placed the sacred olive tree wreath, or kotinos, on the winner's head. (

One of the stations was to make their winning olive tree branch wreath.

After all of the games and contests, we ate an Olympic sized lunch. This was event was just one more reason why we love our CC community. A big "THANK YOU" to all of the mamas who planned and prepared such a wonderful event.
Oh, and yes, The Spartans took home the first place ribbons. Whoo hoo!

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