Olympic Games Trivia Quiz

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In the early Olympic Games, only free, male Greek citizens could compete. After Rome conquered Greece, Romans participated as well. Which Roman emperor competed at Olympia in a ten-horse chariot race?

A) Augustus
B) Nero
C) Tiberius
D) Vespasian

Your answer — A) Augustus — was incorrect.

The emperor created a spectacle when he visited Greece with his retinue of soldiers, officials, and musicians. Nero raced a chariot pulled by ten horses, and although he fell and could not complete the race, he was still declared the victor. The Elders of Elis, who had strictly controlled the Olympics since the first recorded Games in 776 BC, struck the tyrant’s name from the list of winners, but wisely waited until after his death to do so.

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