The Olympic council

Every Greek city was governed by a city council. Though Olympia was not a city, only a sanctuary, it had its own Olympic council, residing in the council house.

The council was the supreme supervising body and functioned as a court of justice deciding about everything concerning the sanctuary. Here athletes could appeal against decisions of the hellanodikai. The decision could not be undone, but the hellanodikai could be punished. The council also decided which athletes and benefactors should be honoured with a statue and where this should be set up. They also appointed the priests of the sanctuary.

© KU Leuven, 2012