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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

021 - Athletics and the Panhellenic Games

In this episode, we discuss the program of the Ancient Olympic games in its entirety and introduce the other Panhellenic festivals

776 BC - the Olympic Games for Zeus at Olympia were instituted with the only event being the stadion foot race
724 BC - the diaulos was introduced
720 BC - the dolichos was introduced; the games were first performed in the nude
708 BC - wrestling and the pentathlon were introduced
688 BC - boxing was introduced
680 BC - chariot racing was introduced
648 BC -  single horse equestrian races and the Pankration were introduced
ca. 600-575 BC - the Herean Games for Hera at Olympia were instituted, in which women could participate
582 BC - the Pythian Games for Apollo at Delphi were instituted following their victory in the First Sacred War
581 BC - the Isthmian Games for Poseidon at Corinth were instituted following their expulsion of tyranny
573 BC - the Nemean Games for Zeus were instituted
566 BC - the Panathenaic Games at Athens were instituted by the tyrant Peisistratos 
540-516 BC - brilliant wrestling career of Milo of Kroton
520 BC - the hoplitodromos was introduced


  1. Am enjoying this podcast and learning a lot, so thanks for that. Just one comment on style though if I may and that is your transitions from one piece of information to another. In almost every case, you do this by saying ' any event...'. That's obviously perfectly fine in normal conversation, but when you're using it upwards of a dozen times per episode (and sometimes 3 or 4 times in the space of about 2 minutes of content), it really starts to detract from enjoying the content. These sorts of verbal tics are much more noticeable in a podcast where all the listener has to go on is your words. My advice would be to simply not bother with the transitions in the current way you're doing them - it is clear enough from context that you're providing some additional information before returning to the main narrative without adding in any verbal filler.

    In any event (;-)), I appreciate all the work and am looking forward to hearing more of the story of Greece.

    1. Hey Erin,
      I am glad you are enjoying the podcast! Thanks for the feedback. I suppose it's a habit I have that I don't even realize I am doing. Sorry about that. Check out the newest episode just posted and tell me if the transitions sound any better. thanks!

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