From Chariot Racing to a Christian Church: Olympia & the last Ol
Dr Amelia R. Brown examines recent evidence that sheds new light on the little-known glory years of the Olympic Games of Late Antiquity.
The Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia was once the most famous ancient Greek sportsground, growing from a modest sacred grove for local Greeks into a sprawling complex of temples, stadiums and baths. At the height of the Roman Empire, the ancient Olympics drew athletes (and horses) from today’s Spain to Armenia. Though the modern Olympics were modeled directly on these ancient Greek games, these Roman-era Olympic games, and Olympia’s long Late Antique afterlife, both remain little known. Earthquakes, flooding, Christian persecution and ‘barbarian’ invasions all contributed to centuries of change, the eventual end of the ancient Olympic games, and the return of the sanctuary’s grounds to local significance as a farming town of Elis.
This talk will cover the little-known glory years of the Olympic Games in the ‘early’ Late Antiquity of the third to fourth centuries, as well as the more shadowy sources for the actual ‘last’ ancient Olympic games and Christian town of Olympia in the fifth to seventh centuries of our era.
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Wed, 11 November Protected content
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