The Olympiad is the four-year interval between two consecutive Olympic Games — the largest and most popular of all existing competitions.
- Photo: a sculpture with an image of the ancient Roman emperor Nero. Source: liveinternet.ru
A champion himself!
If you delve deep into the history of the ancient Olympiads, then you will find a number of interesting details. For example, the Roman emperor Nero, known for his cruelty and incomprehensible acts, was a two-time Olympic champion! In 65 A.D. he purposely visited Greece, not only to see but also to participate in the Olympic Games. There was painstaking preparation for his arrival, and a discipline was thought of that had not existed up until then — a contest of heralds and actors. As is not difficult to guess, Nero won in this competition unconditionally. It was his first triumph, and the second Olympic title that the emperor received was for a victory in the chariot races. As chroniclers of that time testify, Nero won the lap with a clear advantage. Of course! Upon the event of the emperor's victory, Rome celebrated for the entire year, going through the empire's 4-year budget for the commemoration of Nero's success.