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The Palaestra where athletes trained and lived before events (3rd century BCE). Originally, there were 72 columns in the stoas.
Pherenike was born on the island of Rhodes, located in the Aegean Sea. She was a girl in a family of accomplished male athletes. Her father, Diagoras, was a champion Olympic boxer from the games of 464 B.C. Her brothers were also champion boxers, as well as prevailing champions in the Pancration. Because women were not permitted to participate in sports... [continue reading]
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]
Mary Harrsch (Photographed at the Portland Art Museum)
published on 14 January 2013
The Diskobolos or Discus Thrower, 2nd century CE. Roman copy of a 450-440 BCE Greek bronze by Myron recovered from Emperor Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, Italy. (British Museum, London)
In the ancient world, there were many temples dedicated to Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. But there was only one temple to Zeus that housed one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Temple of Zeus at Olympia was home to one of greatest sculptural achievements of ancient history. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia represented the pinnacle of Classical sculptural... [continue reading]
Stone bases of the Zanes of Olympia. These statues of Zeus were funded from fines from offending athletes in the Games. (4th century BCE).
Travel opportunities within the ancient Greek world largely depended on status and profession; nevertheless, a significant proportion of the population could, and did, travel across the Mediterranean to sell their wares, skills, go on religious pilgrimage, see sporting events or even travel simply for the pleasure of seeing the magnificent sights of... [continue reading]
The ancient Olympic Games were a sporting event held every four years at the sacred site of Olympia, in the western Peloponnese, in honour of Zeus, the supreme god of Greek religion. Involving participants and spectators from all over Greece and even beyond, the Games were the most important cultural event in ancient Greece and were held from 776... [continue reading]