The First Olympics Ever: A Veritable Free-For-All Of Mayhem

By Karen Harris
Bas-relief depicting two wrestlers competing at Olympics. (The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Ah, the Olympics, when the world sets aside its differences and sends its best athletes for a few weeks of friendly competition in the name of sportsmanship and international relations. Although the pandemic robbed us of the Summer Games this year, we can take the time to look back at the original Olympic Games in Ancient Greece, a bloody, naked, and horrific affair with few rules and an abundance of mayhem.