2012 is significant in that it is a presidential election year, a leap year, and a summer Olympic year! The modern Olympics, of course, were inspired by the ancient Greek Olympics, a subject I’ve been researching for my work in progress. So in these months leading up to the 2012 London Games, I’ll be posting weekly tidbits about the original athletic festival that started it all.
Here’s this week’s fun fact:
Spectators could not wear hats at the Games.
Kind of random, but apparently, a religious reason was behind this rule. It might not seem like a big deal – until you realize that the Games took place at the height of summer. Given how intense the sun gets in Greece, sunburn and heatstroke probably plagued every Olympiad.
Being an Olympic spectator was an endurance event in itself!
Tune in next week for more about the ancient Olympics!