We Love Olympia!

This is where it all started! We are passionate about the Olympic Movement and are inspired by Olympia!
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From Olympia. First half of the 8th c. BCE Olympia, Archaeological Museum, B 5064  On display in the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity. Ancient Olympia, Greece

BCE Olympia, Archaeological Museum, B 5064 On display in the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity.

From Olympia, south of the Heraion First half of the 8th c. BCE Olympia, Archaeological Museum, Br 9694  On display in the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity. Ancient Olympia, Greece

From Olympia, south of the Heraion First half of the c. BCE Olympia, Archaeological Museum, Br 9694 On display in the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity.

The Olympic Games began in 776 BC. They inspired the decoration on this wine jug some 200 years later. Training athletes and scenes from the Olympics were often used as decoration. Phintias, Wine cooler (psykter) depicting pentathletes. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Attic red-figured psykter (wine cooler) by Phintias depicting pentathletes, century BC. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Kronios Hill, Ancient Olympia, Greece

Kronios Hill, Ancient Olympia, Greece

Ancient Olympia in Greece: The birthplace of the Olympic Games

Ancient Olympia in Greece: The birthplace of the Olympic Games. The original race track.

Bronze figurines of lions, probably from utensils. Ca. 550-500 BCE. From the Sanctuary of Zeus, Ancient Olympia.  New Museum, Ancient Olympia.

Bronze figurines of lions, probably from utensils. From the Sanctuary of Zeus, Ancient Olympia. New Museum, Ancient Olympia.

Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony

The High Priestess Maria Nafpliotou raises the Olympic flame during the Flame Lighting Ceremony for the Beijing Olympic Games, in Olympia, March 2008

The Story of Ancient Olympia from The Great Courses -- free 30-minute video on how the Olympics  begun

The Story of Ancient Olympia from The Great Courses -- free video on how the Olympics begun

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