Saturday, July 14, 2012

Josephus (37AD-100):  How the Olympics began awarding the silver and bronze medals.

"He also built the other edifices, the amphitheater, and theater, and market-place, in a manner agreeable to that denomination; and appointed games every fifth year, and called them, in like manner, Caesar's Games; and he first himself proposed the largest prizes upon the hundred ninety-second olympiad; in which not only the victors themselves, but those that came next to them, and even those that came in the third place, were partakers of his royal bounty." - Wars of the Jews

Thus, it appears that Herod the Great (73-4C) is the one who initiated the three-tier award system that we have today for the Olympic games.

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