Spectators at the Ancient Olympic Games
The Olympic games have always been an event for the spectators that were able to view them. Whether it's on your television screen in the present day, or in a coulisem in Ancient Greece it holds an excitement to it that cannot be duplicated.
In the present day, we have memorbila and television stations that cover the Olympic games in it's entirity. In the times of Ancient Greece, however, the spectators enjoyed the games in a much different way that gathering around the couch and wearing a sweatshirt with the games logo on it.
Simillar to today, the Olympic games had a large number of spectators who came to watch them. (Women, however, were not allowed to attend.) The games were like a festival or carnival that you attend annually. There were vendors and merchants who set up shop to tend to the spectators needs and wants. There were also ceremonies and religious events; such as on the first day, when a pig was sacrificed to Zeus, as the games were being held in his honour. The spectators usually camped out over the duration of the games. A month or so before the games commences, a tent villages would pop up.
The games took place over a five day period. On the last day, a victory banquet was held for the winners, and the festival would end with the singing of hymns in a parade that took place at night.