Running track at Olympia

In this stadion, all athletic contests took place. Along the southern slope (right on the picture) there was a stand with stone seats where the hellanodikai were seated. These were honorary seats. Their assistents, the umpires, stood at the start and the finish during the competition. Opposite this platform, at the other side of the track, was the altar of Demeter. The priestess of Demeter was the only female spectator who was allowed at the games for men.

© KU Leuven, 2012