The Place of the Olympics in the Context of the Other Panhellenic Games
One of the four major sets of panhellenic games celebrated in the four year Periodos ("road around"). There were six games, since two of the games, the Isthmian and Nemean were held twice in that period, while the Olympics and Pythian were held only quadrennially. Held in honor of Zeus, the Olympic Games were religious festivals with athletic competitions.
The panhellenic games were sacred games held at sanctuaries. The victors won crowns that varied from one event to the next. The Olympic victors won the olive.