House of the athletic guild

This building in the south-west of Olympia was erected under emperor Domitian. There were kitchens, a bath and rooms for the athletes to train. Archaeologists think that this was the seat of the athletic guild in Olympia. This is merely a hypothesis, however, it may as well have been an inn for athletes. In the toilets, they found a bronze inscription from the late fourth century AD. This is the most recent document in connection to the ancient Olympic games.

© KU Leuven, 2012