Your group will be creating a proposal for the events of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The Greek government has ordered that the proposals must focus on the historical roots of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece. A successful proposal will design an Olympic Games that allows the spectators and athletes to experience the ancient tradition like no other modern Olympics has ever done.
- Your proposal must identify the most important ancient events and include an explanation of how the historical roots of each of those events will be preserved in the modern competition.
Keep in mind that even with the preservation of ancient tradition, this is a modern event and must be planned not to offend any of the religious or cultural attitudes of the many people attending. (You may need to explain why you made certain accommodations for modern situations.)
- Each team member should do some background research to familiarize him/herself with the general history of the ancient Olympics. Begin with the resources listed below.
- Each team member should do some background research to familiarize themselves with the general history of the modern Olympics. Begin with the resources listed below.
- As a team, decide which events were the most important in the ancient Olympics. Your team should identify as many events as there are members in your group. (If there are five team members, identify the five most important events.) You should focus on the early Olympiads. (Of course, you cannot limit yourselves to the first Olympiad since there was only one event.) Write down the events that you have chosen.
- Each team member should choose (be assigned by the group) one event from the group's list of ancient Olympic events.
- Using the web sites, each team member should record information about their event on his or her worksheet. Fill-in details about how your "Ancient Olympic Event" was conducted. (Include information such as rules, equipment, prizes, etc.)
- Using the web sites, each team member should research the modern Olympic events and identify the event or events that are most similar to his or her ancient Olympic event. Record the similarities and differences on the worksheet.
- Each team member should create a description of how a modern event could be held which includes as much of the historical tradition as possible. Include the following in your description of your modern version of the ancient events:
- Restrictions or requirements for clothing/uniforms;
- Restrictions or requirements for equipment;
- Rules of the event (Include what athletes must do to win and how the event will be judged.);
- Description of the facility where the event will be held.
- After each team member has compiled his or her individual information, the group should review the events together and organize the material into a final group presentation. This final presentation may be in the form of a brochure, a multi-media project, written report, or other format that addresses the objectives.