PRI's The World Published by PRI's The World The ancient Olympics were dirty, violent, corrupt affairs. There was even regular 'doping.' Listen Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/651158/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend The ancient Greeks staged games every four years, for over a thousand years, on the field of Olympia. Times were rough, and so was the competition.