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SUMMERTIME 2012, ANCIENT OLYMPIA, PELOPONNESE, S. GREECE #6349A | by Thanassis Fournarakos-6.5 million views
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SUMMERTIME 2012, ANCIENT OLYMPIA, PELOPONNESE, S. GREECE #6349A

The birth place of the Olympic Games. It is here that the Olympic games originated, they can be traced back to 776 BC, and were held every four years. A Truce was announced and hostilities ceased for a period of three months.

 

This photograph of the Stadium was taken early in the morning (a little after 8 a.m). We went so early in order to avoid the many tourists visiting the site. I asked my wife to pose to give a feeling of perspective.

Taken during a 5 day photographic vacation (August 2-6, 2012) with my English wife Theresa Jane Brown.

 

In this view of the Stadium can be seen the line of stone slabs indicating the starting point of the races (foreground) and the Dias of Hellanodiakai where the judges were seated (middle left). On opposite side (middle right) is the Altar of Demeter Charmayne, whose Priestess was the only woman permitted to watch the games stood. The Crypte entrance to the Stadium, connecting it with the sanctuary, can be seen in the middle background.

There were no seats for spectators, who watched the games seated on the sloping embankments, and could be as many as 45,000 in number.

 

Dedicated to my English wife Theresa and her family in England, Ann, Sally, Charlotte, Mick, Nick, Jackie and to all the English people hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

Thanassis Fournarakos

Professional Photographer, retired.

 

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This photograph has achieved the following highest awards:

* GALAXY HALL OF FAME

  

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Taken on August 3, 2012