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Gymnasium at Olympia

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Robert McNeil
Contributors: Mckenzie Cornish, Tyler Engalla, Jennifer Townzen, Adam Rabinowitz, Tom Elliott, Mallory Barbosa
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Last modified Aug 10, 2016 04:00 PM History
The Gymnasium of Olympia was a practice and training field constructed in 250 BC for male Hellenic athletes competing in the Olympic Games.

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The Gymnasium was a building at Olympia (constructed ca. 250 BC) where athletes could train for the competitions at the Olympic games. It lies northwest of the Altis enclosure on flat land next to the Kladeos riverbank. The quadrilateral building has a central courtyard surrounded by colonnades in the Doric order. The west wing is occupied by a series of rooms meant for the athletes, while the east wing had a solid outer wall with an internal double Doric colonnade and another colonnade of sixty columns along the court. The outer bottom part of the wall was made of poros blocks with stone-built buttresses on the exterior; the upper elevation was in baked mudbrick. The building included a court that was used for practicing the javelin and discus, with dimensions identical to the field of competition for those events. The gymnasium is only partially preserved, as the west wing has been eroded away by the Kladeos River.

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Robert McNeil, Mckenzie Cornish, Tyler Engalla, Jennifer Townzen, Adam Rabinowitz, Tom Elliott, and Mallory Barbosa, 'Gymnasium at Olympia: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2016 <> [accessed: 03 December 2023]

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