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The First Olympic Games: A Gruesome Greek Myth with a Happy Ending
Pelops, grandson of Zeus, wins the hand of Hippodamia by beating her father, the king, in a chariot race, during which the king is killed. In remembrance, heroes from all over Greece compete in athletic games on the fields of Olympia. Pelops decrees that such games -- known ever since as the Olympic Games -- should be held every four years.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published by Millbrook Press
(first published September 1st 2000)
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Richards did a excellent job in telling the Greek myth about how the first Olympic games started. The story begins with the demi god Tantalus killing his son Pelops by chopping him up and making a stew to feed the gods of Mt. Olympus. The gods did not like this for they did not agree with human sacrifice so they punished Tantalus by sending him to the underworld. Their Tantalus is sentenced to an unpleasant life time of abuse. He is surrounded by water and fruit but he is never allowed to get to ...more