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Myth Monday - The 1st Olympics

By July 30, 2012

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Today's Myth Monday features mythological explanations of the origins of the Olympics.
temple of Zeus at Olympia
Temple of Zeus at Olympia
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Death or Initiation Ritual Origins

The mythological origins of the Olympics, like the origins of the other Panhellenic Games, involve compensation for death according to Gregory Nagy. Read the article: Olympic Origins in Greek Myth - Part I: Pindar

Previous 2012 Myth Mondays:

  1. Hercules Hurls His Guest
  2. Scylla
  3. Olympics Origins II: Myrtilos
  4. Hercules the Giant-Killer
  5. The First Tyrant
  6. The King and the Harpies
  7. The Dawn Goddess Loves a Mortal
  8. Vediovis
  9. Even a Boar Wishes to Kiss Adonis
  10. Hero and Leander
  11. Who Were the Argonauts?
  12. The Chimera
  13. Narcissus and Echo
  14. How Perseus Fits In
  15. Hesiod and the Bestiary
  16. The First Olympics Origins I
  17. Dionysus and the Return of Hephaestus
  18. Zeus, the Recent Victor of the Titanomachy, Wins Once More in Hesiod's 'Theogony'
  19. Atlas, the Titan Who Didn't Shrug
  20. Troilus and ... Polyxena

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