08 February 2010

Christmas Cruise - Olympia

Our next stop was Katakolon, Greece which is the port for the ancient site of Olympia. If you didn't already know, this site:

is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, comparable in importance to the Pythian Games held in Delphi. Both games were held every Olympiad (i.e. every four years), the Olympic Games dating back possibly further than 776 BC. In 394 AD ( after exactly 1170 years ) emperor Theodosius I abolished them as they were then considered reminiscent of paganism. The first olympic games were in Olympia in honor of Zeus.
The link has a pretty cool artists rendering of what it might have looked like back then. We hung out all day here with our new friends the Sohos. It was a really good time.

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