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Classical Studies
Classical Studies 2300
David Lamari

Ancient Greek Athletics 1 – Introduction  The ancient Greeks defined and developed various components of culture that we still understand is fundamental to our own  Second millennium before Christ – vibrant civilization called the Minoan o Civilization collapsed o The time after the collapse, after the depopulation and cultural depression became known as the Dark Ages o The Dorian Invasion occurred and by the end of the Dark Ages, the dominance of the Dorians in the Peloponnesos and the Ionians in Attica and the Aegean was established  18 century – Greeks began to awake from the Dark Ages  776 B.C. – the Olympic Games were traditionally founded  600 B.C. – Olympic Games were joined by three other games of the Panhellenic cycle: the Pythian, the Isthmian, and the Nemean  Olympic Games of 480 – athletes came from everywhere – The
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