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Why are Olympics called so?

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The first Olympic games were held in Greece. The Greeks believed that the 12 main deities lived on Mount Olympus. So they named the games in honor of their Gods. That name has filtered into modern history and is the name for the Winter and Summer Olympic games

In addition, there is a town on the Peleponnese named Olympia. It was the site of the original olympic games held in the 776 B.C.E. A large part of the stadium and hippodrome are is still intact and may be visited. Olympia is also the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. The statue is long gone but part of the temple remains.

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The word Olympics derives from the Greek word " Olympia." Meaning " A battle of the Gods " In ancient Greece an event was held every 6 years to determine who swung the biggest penis to the women. Women would cast their votes in "balloes " which today are known as ballots, after a demonstration would commence among the men of the country. Men would arrive by boat from all over the globe by the droves for an opportunity to show case their prodigious gift. After 300 years, the program was re-written after women rights activists protested equality and fairness.

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Because they were first recorded as being held at Olympia in Greece in 776BC

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When they started the Olympics, it was first at a place called mount Olympus so that's why they called it the Olympics.

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Because the first games were recorded in 776BC at Olymipa in Greece
The First games were held on mount Olympia in greek in the AD times

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because the olymoics started on mt Olympia therefore every 4 years theres another plural the olympic

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The Olympics originated in Athens, formerly called Olympia. The name of the famous mountain in Greece is Mt Olympus.

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The Olympics originated in Athens, formerly called Olympia. The name of the famous mountain in Greece is Mt Olympus.

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The games were originally on Mt Olympus in Greece. Nobody knows why this mountain was called Olympus.

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