By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 6, 2021) – In Issue 2021-65 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we open the modern era of global competition

The Olympic Torch lights the Olympic Flame which burns throughout the course of the Olympic Games. (Stock Images) 


The Greeks held their games for about 1200 years, starting in 8th century BC at Olympia.

The revival of the Olympics was instigated by a French historian and educator.  The first modern Olympics opened in Greece 125 years ago today.  The Winter Games were added in 1924. 

So far, the US held the most games – four each of Summer and Winter Olympic games.  The next Olympics is scheduled for this summer in Tokyo with the one-year COVID delay.

Here is Greece’s map from 1541 by Fries, issued in Vienna.

Map of Greece – 1541 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.