The structure of Pausanias' books about Elis

* legends about the earliest history of Elis (V 1 - 5)

* description of the region Elis (V 5 - 7, 5)

* Olympia

- history of the Olympic games

a) legendary history ( V 7, 6 - 8, 4)
b) history
       - institution of the games and the different events (V 8, 5 - 8, 11)
       - abolition of events (V 9, 1-2)
       - changes in the program (V 9, 3)
       - changes in the number of hellanodikai (V 9, 4-6)

- description of Olympia

a) Zeus temple with Zeus statue (V 10 - 12)
b) Pelopion (V 13, 1-7)
c) Altar of Zeus and other altars (V 13, 8 - 15)
d) Hera temple (V 16 - 20, 5), e.g. about
       - Heraia
       - dedications &

e) Column of Oinomaos (V 20, 6-9)
f) Temple of Rhea and Philippeion (V 20, 9-10)
g) Statues
       - Statues of Zeus
             * Zanes (V 21)
             * Other statues of Zeus (o.a. Zeus ‘guardian of oaths’ ) (V 22 - 24)
       - Statues of other gods and historical figures (V 25 - 27)
       - Statues of athletes (VI 1 - 18), e.g.
             * Troilos of Elis
             * Kyniska of Sparta
             * Eupolemos of Elis
             * Poulydamas of Scotussa
             * Kallias of Athene
             * Euthymos of Lokroi
             * Diagoras of Rhodes and family
             * Kleomedes of Astypalaia
             * Glaukos of Karystos
             * Damaretos of Heraia
             * Theagenes of Thasos
             * Astylos of Kroton
             * Milon of Kroton
             * Kleitomachos of Thebes

h) Treasuries (VI 19)
i) Sanctuary of Eileithuia (VI 20, 1-6)
j) Stadion (VI 20, 8-9)
k) Hippodrome (VI 20, 10-19)
l) Gymnasion and palaistra (VI 21, 2)

* more about the region Elis (VI 21, 3 - 26), with a description of the city Elis (VI 23 - 26, 3)

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