Greek festivals included sporting events.
The Olympics began as a festival to honour Zeus.
Greeks believed sports honoured the gods.People
also danced and sang to make gods happy.
Greeks believed that the 12 major gods lived on the
top of the tallest mountain in Greece.It was called
Olympus. Gods ate wonderful food called ambrosia.
Poseidon was the brother of Zeus, the ruler of the gods.
He was god of the seas. He always carried a trident.
When he was angry, he would hit the water with it.
This caused terrible eathquakes, storms and drownings.
Hera, wife of Zeus, was the goddess of marriage and
Goddess Artemis—Before marriage, girls presented all
their toys to this goddess. This meant that childhood
had come to an end.
Greek goddess Athena was Zeus’s daughter. She was
the goddess of wisdom and arts and also of war.
She was born of full armour out of Zeus’s head.
Zeus let her carry his shield. The owl was her
favourite bird; olive was her special tree.
Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty.
It is said that she came from foam in the sea.
Aphroe means ”foam” in Greek. Her special
bird was the dove and the tree was myrtle.
Source:Collection(Ref:”Ancient Greece And The Olympics”)