view of Nemea Valley  


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The stadium at Nemea is just up the hill from the sanctuary of Zeus. Here, during the ancient festival, Greeks living 2,500 years ago would hold races.  In ancient Greece only Greek men could participate in the games.  You can see the line where each man began the race at the bottom of the photograph.

Now, every 4 years, there is a new Nemea sports festival.  People from all over the world come to run races and to cheer for other athletes.  To learn more about this (or to sign up to run) go to a page about the 2004 Nemea Games or to the Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games.  The winner of the races still gets a crown of celery leaves as a prize, just like in classical Greece.


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