Games were an important celebratory element in the religious life of ancient Greece. The modern Olympic Games take their name from the Ancient Olympic Games; the modern Olympics are divided between the Summer Olympic Games and the Winter Olympic Games.

Games in the Greco-Roman World

Ancient games in the Greco-Roman world included:

In Greece

*Heraea Games at Olympia
*Panathenaic Games at Athens
*Four Panhellenic Games
**Isthmian Games at Corinth
**Nemean Games at Nemea
**Olympic Games
**Pythian Games at Delphi

In the Roman world

*Capitoline Games
*Secular Games (Latin "Ludi Saeculares") of Rome

Modern Games

Modern multi-sport events, aside from the Olympics, include:
*All-Africa Games
*Arafura Games
*Arctic Winter Games
*Aryan Games
*Asian Games
*Asian Winter Games
*Australian University Games
*Bolivarian Games
*British Empire Games
*Canada Games
*Central American and Caribbean Games
*Commonwealth Games
**Commonwealth Youth Games
*Cotswold Games
*East Asian Games
*FEI World Equestrian Games
*Friendship Games
*Gaelic games
*Games of the Small States of Europe
*Gay Games
*Goodwill Games
*Highland games
*Ireland: Community Games
*Jeux de la Francophonie for the French-speaking world community
*Lusophony Games for the Portuguese-speaking world community
*Maccabiah Games
*Mediterranean Games
*Military World Games
*Nordic Games
*Pacific Games
*Pan American Games
*Pan Arab Games
*Pan-Armenian Games
*Paralympic Games
*South American Games
*South Asian Games
*Southeast Asian Games
*Special Olympics World Games
*U.S. State Games: National Congress of State Games
*World Games
*World Air Games
*World Wheelchair and Amputee Games

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