The first Olympic Games were held way back in 776 BC, when a bunch of ancient Greek guys decided to figure out who was really the toughest, roughest dude among them.
And while a lot of the events were fairly similar to those in the modern Olympics—including running, the shot put, javelin, discus, long jump, boxing, wrestling, and horseback riding—a few of the old-school events (like chariot racing) have since fallen by the wayside, mostly because they were just way too gory and/or intense.
Don't just blame the modern Olympics for behing a behemoth of spectacle, with corporate sponsors and corrupt bureaucrats spoiling the fun for everyone. No, the Ancient Games were straight-up hardcore. Some athletes died. Some events were contested with body armor and shields—making the old competition a lot more badass and more dangerous than today.
Here are some of the most amazing facts from the Ancient Olympic Games: