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Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece, was said to be the home of the Gods-the Olympians. Nike was the Greek goddess of Victory in all areas of life including athletics. Today many people wear products with the brand name Nike. Sacrifices to please the gods were an important part of ancient Greek religion. Delphi was one of the most important religious sites of Ancient Greece and sacred to Apollo. The Oracle at Delphi was consulted by visitors from all over Greece, seeking advice on the future.
Hercules was a famous Greek hero, son of Zeus and the world's strongest man. Homer's Odyssey tells the story of the legendary travels of Odysseus after the Trojan War. The Olympic Games originated in Greece around 776 BC. Sports included chariot-racing, athletics and boxing. There were also Olympic events in singing and the arts. The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens.