ANCIENT HISTORY: How the Romans Changed the Olympics

Dedicated to Zeus, god of moral law and order and god of the elements with his iconic thunderbolt, the ancient Olympic games were religious in nature. The original Greek athletes were amateurs and the part they played in Hellenist culture was to spread the idea that practicing sports and physical games was good for the body and led to a harmonious lifestyle just as eating fresh healthy foods and sleeping well bring us a higher standard of living. Though the ancient Olympian athletes excelled at their sport, they were only amateurs. But excelling at an Olympic game was highly celebrated, boosting one’s notoriety in their Greek community. But history shows that when the Roman Empire conquered the European world (including the Olympic games), the religious aspect was dropped and the athletes were no longer the village youth who excelled but the most professional athletes the Romans could recruit from their vast Roman Empire beginning a new era exhibiting the Roman style of savage sport that was the norm at the Roman Colosseum where massive crowds cheered and gamblers placed their bets.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

The Guild (Book 2)

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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