Honoring and celebrating
Every four years a pan-Hellenic truce was announced and
people from all over Hellas gathered at Olympia, in
order to compete and attend the Games. The prize for the winner was the "kotinos",
a garland made from wild olive tree.
Olympia was as sacred site as Delphi. The sacred precinct was
situated in the valley of Alpheios, in the territory Pisatis and at the
enclosure of Alte "the most beautiful place of Greece", in
the north-western Peloponnese.
Though the Games historically started at 776 BC, which is considered the
first Olympiad, they were held from very ancient times and tradition tell
us that they were renewed by Herakles.
In this unifying event, only free Greeks were allowed to take part. Greeks
from as far as the gates of Herakles, the Caspian sea and Africa, came to
compete and attend and philosophers, sages, heroes and well admired men
could be seen here.
It is not accidental that Greece for the first time in history held the
Games. This was a unique event, a product of a higher civilization, in
which the people were honoring their race and Gods, who had favored them
with arete, strength and grace.
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