Joe: The 2004 summer Olympics will be held in Athens, Greece. And you know?
Megan: Of course. Athens is a great place, and……
Joe:And the first modern Olympic Games were held there in 1896.
Megan: The ancient Olympic Games also date from there.
Joe: Yes, the first Game happened in 776 BC in Olympia.
Megan: But it has been enriched largely since 1896, when the first modern Games were held in Athens.
Joe: Absolutely. Especially women, you know, no women were allowed to take part in the Games at that time.
Megan: They even had no right to see!
Joe: But in modern Olympics, women play a significant part in it.
Megan: In the ancient times, non-Greek was not allowed to take part in the games.
Joe: but the modern Olympics are international games, and all the countries in the world have right to join it.
Megan: Yes, now the Athens Olympic Committee is making preparations for the 2004 Games. I hope it will be a great success.
Joe: I hope so, too.
1.date，动词, 表示从何时开始。The ancient Olympic Games also date from there. 古典奥运会也是从那开始的。
The Athens Olympic Games date from August 13th to August 29th. 雅典奥运会8月13号开始, 8月29号结束.
2.take part in 参加某项活动，比如: Women can take part in the Olympic Games nowadays. 现在女性可以参加奥运会比赛了。
3. play + 形容词+ part in…在某项活动中起到了什么样的作用。Women play a significant part in the modern Olympic Games. 妇女在现代奥运会中发挥了重要的作用。还可以把part换成role。Women play a significant role in the modern Olympic Games.
The first Games were held in Olympia to celebrate Zeus'victory against his father.
No war was allowed until the Games were over.
Women, discovered in the ancient Games, would be thrown off a nearby cliff, whether they were spectators or competitors.
After the festival, winning athletes wore Olympic wreath of wild olive leaves and went back to their hometown.
The ancient Olympic Games were a symbol of peace and friendship at the beginning.
The dove and the olive branch become the symbols of peace.