Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Olympic Games and the Greek Calendar

The Greek calendar was based on the conception of the four-year Olympiad. When Greek historians referred to dates, they most often referred to a year (i.e., first, second, third, fourth) within the Olympiad that the event occurred. The winner of the stadium race in a given year had the Olympiad named in honour of him. The first Olympiad is therefore known as that of Koroibos of Elis, the winner of the stadium race in 776 BC.


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