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Definition: Series of games that took place every four years to honor Zeus, the king of the gods. The Olympic Games also served to make a natural break between wars. If you were an athlete participating in the Games, you were allowed safe conduct to Olympia for the games from wherever you were, even if you were on the battlefield. No fighting was allowed during the Games, and safe conduct was also granted to athletes returning from the Games.

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Ancient Greece
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About the Olympic Games
Find out all about the great games.

Ancient Greek Games
See the different games the ancient Greeks played.

Olympic Games of Zeus and Hera
Did you know that married women were not allowed to attend? You can find that information and more about the ancient Olympics here.

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