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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published on 12 March 2013
That there is a connection between warfare and sport is evident enough. Competitive games, in the form of contests between individuals or teams, imitate war in a more or less conscious manner. This fact is most obviously reflected in the language of sport. When sports writers use terms like catastrophe, tragedy, massacre, or annihilation, people sometimes... [continue reading]
The Palaestra where athletes trained and lived before events (3rd century BCE). Originally, there were 72 columns in the stoas.
Lapith women from the west pediment of the temple of Zeus, Olympia in the severe style (c. 460 BCE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
The Krypte, which was the official entrance to the stadium of Olympia (200 BCE).
The stadium of Olympia (present form: 5th century BCE) with the starting line. The capacity at its maximum was 45,000.
The starting line of the stadium in Olympia (4th century BCE). Athletes had to place their toes in the front grooves on the block.
A jumping weight carried by athletes in each hand in the long jump event to gain distance (date unknown). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
published on 05 January 2012
The Ancient Greek sports are remarkable in human history and instructive to those interested in promoting athletics due to their recorded longevity of more than a millennium, their high levels of participation amongst the people of the time, and the great degree of enthusiasm clearly demonstrated for these sports through period artwork and through remunerations... [continue reading]
The Philippeion was erected by Philip II, King of Macedonia after the victory of Chaeroneia in 338 BCE. Originally there were 18 Ionic columns and inside were gold and ivory statues of Philip's family.
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were: the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt the Hanging Gardens of Babylon the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus the Colossus of Rhodes the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt The Seven Wonders were first... [continue reading]