The 1st Modern Olympic Games, Athens 1896

In April 1896, participants from 14 countries converged on Athens to compete in a festival that was simultaneously ancient and modern.

On April 6, 1896, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games filled a refurbished Panathenaic stadium to its 50,000 capacity, with similar numbers of spectators thronging the adjacent streets and surrounding hillsides.

Written by John R. and Margaret M. Gold. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Video production by Katherine Weiss, Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Laura Seeger.