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Olympic Inspiration

Blair31 Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 9:34 AM
There have been three times that the Modern Olympics have stopped for war: 1916, (World War I), 1940, and 1944, (World War II). It used to be that wars stopped for the Olympics. Now the Olympics stop for war. The reason why the Olympics were banned in the Roman Empire was because it was a pagan event and the Roman Emperors, who by 400 AD, were Christians, hated anything pagan. The Olympic Torch Relay, thought to be an ancient custom, isn't. Before 1936, the Olympic flame was lit electronically, after 1936, when the Nazis began the Olympic Torch Relay, as a piece of propaganda, there have been relays in every country that have hosted the Olympics. Phidipides, an Athenian soldier, ran 26 miles from the Plain of Marathon, to Athens, and died.
DHE Wrote: Jul 26, 2012 11:08 AM
I'm not sure of your point that the games stopped for war. Perhaps you were just repeating facts. The wars in the Greek world, though deadly serious to the antagonists, were nothing compared to the destruction of the two world wars, and were being held by people with a common language or heritage for the most part, with battles being largely contained affairs. It would not have been possible to safely or even proper to celebrate peaceful competition with enemies who were out to exterminate, enslave and destroy cultures and peoples. The 1914 miracle of the Christmas truce was, if not exaggerated, a spontaneous matter at best, and not policy.

I'm ready for the Olympic Games, ready to watch the best athletes in the world giving it all they have. I'm ready to be inspired.

After a long Republican presidential primary soap opera, continuing mediocre economic news, ongoing information on the Greek crisis, the current silliness of the presidential campaign quips of the day, and last week's tragedy in Aurora, Colo., Americans are in desperate need of inspiration.

Thank goodness it's time for the Olympic Games.

The ancient Olympic Games, held in Athens, Greece, were held from approximately 776 B.C. to 400 A.D. During the games, there would...