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Writing about culture from a historical point of view is sometimes challenging. Let's look at some video and print resources, gather information, and see what there is to learn about the culture of …

Writing about culture from a historical point of view is sometimes challenging. Let's look at some video and print resources, gather information, and see what there is to learn about the culture of the Greeks in the study of the Olympic Games beginning about 776 BC.

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  • 1. Writing through a Cultural Lens 2 February 2010 The Rectory School
  • 2. The Ancient Olympics p. 130 in your textbook Look it up, or....
  • 3. Read: Find Core Data!
  • 4. Read: My Core Data! strong citizens sporting events Olympics - every 4 yrs festivals honored gods 776 BC - 1 day running race, “stade” 5 days by 472 BC — wrestling, long jump, javelin, discus, other events.
  • 5. Read: use Core Data! strong citizens sporting events Olympics - every 4 yrs festivals honored gods 776 BC - 1 day running race, “stade” 5 days by 472 BC — wrestling, long jump, javelin, discus, other events.
  • 6. Read: use Core Data! Unpaid athletes... training full time... who got great prizes for winning
  • 7. Watch: collect Core Data http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2-NWOWFbD8 Listen for — names of competitors, types of games, order of events, treatment of athletes, purpose of ceremonies, role of women at the games....
  • 8. Watch: collect Core Data http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2-NWOWFbD8 Create list on board: Write your own paragraph tonight...
  • 9. Sample with core data The ancient Greeks thought about sports in a different way than we do today. Their most famous sporting event, the Olympic Games, began in 776 BC as a single running race in the context of a ceremony dedicated to the god Zeus. By 472 BC it had become a five-day event, with many similar events to our Olympics including running and wrestling. Yet the presence of the priestess of Demeter, and sacrifices to Zeus at the beginning and end of the Games, marked the event as a religious festival. Rule-breakers were punished harshly, for offending the gods. Even wars ceased when the Olympic truce began in Greece. The Peloponnesian War paused six times for the athletes to compete before the gods.