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Girl statuette, Olympia

Bronze statuette of a girl running. Middle of the 6th century BC.

Womwn were forbidden from competing in the Olympic games, or even entering the stadium to see the games. The event held at Olympia for women was the Heraia. It was held every four years to honor goddess Hera, wife of Zeus. But not in the same year as the Olympic games. The competitiors were young unmarried women. They run a distance of 160meters. The athletes run with their hair open and wearing a short "chiton"

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Taken on September 14, 2011