Olympic Showdown: Ancient Greece vs. London 2012
Did the Ancient Greeks have better Olympics than we do in the 21st century? Find out how the B.C. Olympiads compare to the 2012 London Games.
Ancient Greece: The Woodstock of Antiquity (unofficial)
London 2012: Inspire a Generation
Ancient Greece: Zeus, supreme ruler of gods and men. Known for loving the ladies, being capricious and making thunderbolts.
London 2012: Wenlock, all-seeing one-eyed mascot. Known for loving sports, having fun and making friends.
Ancient Greece: Sacrifices and rituals took up as much time as the Games.
London 2012: Estimated £8.8 billion for stadium, Olympic Village, infrastructure and marketing.
Ancient Greece: Processions, incantations and incense-burning. Gods placated with animal sacrifices.
London 2012: Staging of pastoral British scene by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle. Animal rights groups angered by plan to use real farm animals.
Ancient Greece: Aristotle was a fan; Plato loved watching wrestling; Sophocles was into handball.
London 2012: Queen Elizabeth II will open the Games; her equestrian granddaughter Zara Phillips will compete.