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The Events Programme
o Swearing-in ceremony for all competitors
and judges in the Bouleuterion (Council
House) before the alter and statue of Zeus
Horkios (Zeus of the Oaths).
o Contests for the heralds and trumpeters
held near the stadium entrance.
o Boys' running, wrestling, and boxing
o Public and private prayers and sacrifices
in the Altis; consultation of oracles.
o Orations by well-known philosophers and
recitals by poets and historians, perhaps
also as part of competitions.
o (Sightseeing tours of the Altis. Reunions
with old friends.)
o Procession into the hippodrome of all
those competing there chariot and horse
o The pentathlon: discus, javelin, jumping,
running, and wrestling.
o Funeral rites in honour of the hero Pelops.
o Parade of victors round the Altis.
o Communal singing of victory hymns.
o Feasting and revelry.
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o Procession of the hellanodikai (judge),
ambassadors from the Greek states,
competitors in all events and sacrificial
animals round the Altis to the Great Alter
in front of the Temple of Zeus, followed by
the official sacrifice of 100 oxen given by
the people of Elis.
o Public banquet in the Prytaneion.
o Boxing and the pankration (type of all-in
o Race-in-armour.…read more