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Ancient World Now: Olympia

Hello everyone! We will be studying Olympia this spring, because our school is having its very own Olympic games! Yesterday we visited the place where it all began in 776 B.C. This is where the Olympic torch is officially lit and handed to the first torch-bearer in the relay to the games destination. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was here, the giant statue of Zeus. The Temple lies in ruins and the “wonder” long gone.
Ancient-Olympics5 Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess, lights the Olympic torch on May 9, 2012 during the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia



olympia statue of zeus