The Olympic Revival
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The Olympic system involves both states and businesses, each of which profits through the banking of money, prestige, and political legitimacy. Olympic celebation is the showcase of a system pervasive in international politics. Both the ideology and institutions of the Olympic movement were products of the Europe that emerged from the period following the French Revolution. The Olympic cycle was the basis for the Greek calendar, which ran in much the same quadrennial fashion that is used to count modern Olympiads. The Olympics were the most prestigious of several forms of athletic celebration; the others having national prestige were the Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian Games. The ancient Olympics were, therefore, somewhat similar to the modern version in that political content was institutionalized in a system which allowed for the worship of the victor and the celebration of his homeland through his exploits.