Located in the western Peloponnese, Olympia was an ancient Greek sanctuary site dedicated to the worship of Zeus, in whose honour Pan-Hellenic Games were held every four years from 776 BCE to 393 CE. First inhabited in the second millennium BCE, the first archaeological record of dwellings dates from 1900 to 1600 BCE. The Kronion hill at the site was perhaps... [continue reading]
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Marble statue (severe style) of Apollo (c. 460 BCE) from the west pediment of the temple of Zeus, Olympia (Olympia Archaeological Museum).
An inscribed bronze discus from Olympia dedicated by Publius Asklepiades (After 241 CE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
Column drums from the temple of Zeus at Olympia, 457 BCE. The central hole can be clearly seen which, with a wooden peg, helped hold the column drums in place.
published on 11 March 2013
The three steps of the crepidoma or crepis of the temple of Zeus at Olympia (457 BCE).
Marble statue of Deidameia in the severe style, from the west pediment of the temple of Zeus, Olympia (c. 460 BCE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
A boxing scene from an attic red-figure kylix (c. 500 BCE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
Bronze shield from Olympia, 6th century BCE. Olympia Archaeological Museum.
A depiction of a chariot with charioteer on an attic black-figure kylix (510-500 BCE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
Attic black-figure column crater depicting a foot race (510-500 BCE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.