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Encyclopedia > Nemean Games

The Nemean Games were one of the Panhellenic Games of Ancient Greece, and were held at Nemea every two years.

With the Isthmian Games, the Nemean Games were held both the year before and the year after the Olympic Games and the Pythian Games in the third year of the Olympiad cycle. Like the Olympic Games, they were held in honour of Zeus. They were said to have been founded by Heracles after he defeated the Nemean Lion; another myth said that they originated as the funeral games of a child named Opheltes. However, they are known to have existed only since the 6th century BC.

The winners received a wreath of wild celery leaves from the city of Argos.

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MSN Encarta - Olympian Games (589 words)
The Olympian Games were held in honour of Zeus and took place every four years at Olympia, the location of the deity's principal shrine.
The Olympian Games were held in the summer, and early in each year of the games, envoys were sent throughout the Greek world to invite the city-states to join in paying tribute to Zeus.
The Olympian Games were the inspiration for the modern Olympic Games, the international athletic competition held every four years at different locations throughout the world, that were inaugurated in 1896.
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