He showed up at the games incognito and stayed in makeshift barracks. For whatever reason, the Greeks would just compete about everything. There were athletic games all over Greecebut because of the sanctity of Zeus, the Olympics quickly became revered. The word stadium comes from the Greek stadion, which means "a place to stand. When first reading about this exhibition, I had my doubts about it. But there was a special sporting event for women. There are stories of athletes veering off course [or] not being able to make it out of the starting blocks.
British Museum defines Greek naked ideal
The Greek historian Herodotus stated:
Naked ambition: when the Greeks first stripped off
It really appealed to the exhibitionism and the vanity of the Greeks. Nevertheless it was Melampus who introduced the phallic procession, and from Melampus the Greeks learned the rites which they now perform. But this was like five days of living it up. Gods and people of higher social class were sometimes—but not always—depicted in the buff to demonstrate their place in society.