Council house

The council house (bouleuterion) was the meeting place of the Olympic council. It is one of the oldest buildings at Olympia: the southern wing dates from the sixth century BC.

 

 

 

 

 

The semi-circular storerooms at the end of each corridor were probably used for keeping the archives. It is unclear whether the central space was an open court or a covered room. Probably it contained the statue of Zeus in front of which the athletes and their trainers had to take the Olympic oath at the beginning of the festival.

© KU Leuven, 2012