Ancient Olympia – a little of so much more.

I waited patiently for the Lord and He listened to me.

Psalm 40:1 (The rest of the verses especially verse 6 are interesting.)
Every fourth year from 8th Century BC to 4th Centry AD this arch would have significance to anyone attending the Olympics.
It was the way to the stadium.

Fourty five thousand standing on grass verges could watch the runners doing laps.

The flat grey stones of Hera’s temple.
A place of significance as this is where the torch was originally ignited and since 1894 is ignited every 4 years.

The small

So much like a dog.
An animal object from this pagan time.
Votive offerings.

On the fourth day of the Olympic Games the Alter of Zeus 7m high and at its base 37m was significant. A hundred oxen were sacrificed to Zeus on it. Their ashes spread out over a large radius. Amongst this ash excavators brought these small figures to light. These votive offerings, of animals were brought by the faithful.

There is no trace of the altar of Zeus. The esteemed traveller Pausanias has recorded this.

The temple of Zeus.
The size of the pillars and the stones around vouch for an enormous structure.
The temple was destroyed by earth quakes in 522AD and 557 AD

The big

An empty, unusual, triangularly shaped pedestal.
Outside and empty…
The wording below this pedestal.
… but here is what belongs on it!
Winged Victory by Paeonios .
The statue and pedistal were
12m high.
The imagined torso of Zeus
used to make Emperor Augustus
look great.
It is made from marble first century BC.
Then down a path is Nero’s house where he stayed during the games and participated AD 67.
The beauty of new cerise – pink blossom highlighting
on a grey but warm day
in ancient

I hope you have had a taste. There is always so much more!

Sandy 😊


Some thoughts about ruins:

A ruin should always be protected but never repaired- thus may we witness full the lingering legacies of the past.

Walter Scott (1771- 1832 Scottish historian ,novelist, poet, playwright .)

What’s old collapses, times change, and new life blossoms in the ruins.

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805 German playwright, poet, philosopher )

You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.

Isak Dinesen (1885-1962 Danish author who wrote works in English and Danish.)

8 thoughts on “Ancient Olympia – a little of so much more.

  1. Totally fascinating!
    “You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.“ Isak Dineson. Read Out of Africa. She lived in Kenya for a while.

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