EXHIBITION

2019
Numismatic Museum of Athens, Greece

78th- 80th
Olympiad.

78th- 82nd
Olympiad.

112th
Olympiad.

114th
Olympiad.

in Cooperation with:

DISCOVER THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF ATHLETICS

History timeline

1st - 45th
Olympics

776 BC – 600 BC
Originally Olympia belonged to Triphylia, a part of Arcadia that was controlled by Pisa. But most of the times Elis was the organizer of Olympics.

776 BC
1st Olympia

Birth of Ancient Olympic Games. Festival held in honor of Zeus.

700 BC
20th Olympia

Levelling land and digging new wells.

600 BC
45th Olympia

Skiloudians, allies of the Pistans, built the Temple of Hera.

First Elis Olympic Coins

78th
Olympics

Temple of Zeus

The Temple of Zeus at Olympia was constructed an ancient Greek temple in Olympia, Greece, dedicated to the god Zeus.
Gain an appreciation of the structure that housed the colossal Statue of Zeus, one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World that was made of , ivory, gold and precious stones.

468 BC
78th Olympia

First Elis Olympic Coins found.

At the Olympics these years

Famous athletes From Rhodes

Diagorasof Rhodes (boxing 79th Olympiad, 464 BC) and his sons Akusilaosand Damagetos(boxing and pankration)

His three sons were Olympic champions. The oldest son, Damagetos, won the pankration in 452 and 448 BC. Akousílaos, the second son, won the boxing in 448 BC. The two celebrated their victory by carrying their father around the stadionon their shoulders, cheered loudly by the spectators. This was considered the peak of happiness that a human being could experience, achieving great glory and yet having this glory matched or even surpassed by one’s own children.

Elis, Olympia 78th-80th Olympiad.

468-460 BC.
Slater, 11.80g.
BCD 6
Very Rare (R2) / VF

Elis, Olympia
87th – 90th Olympiad.

432 – 420 BC.
Hemidrachm, 2.65g.
BCD 55
Very Rare (R2) / VF

The most talented master engravers

were commissioned to engrave Elis Olympic Coins, showing off the artistry of Greece and resulting in the beautiful coins being treated as prestigious objects. 

While their primary use was for normal commerce during the games (paying for food, lodging, and entry to see the spectacles), they became popular souvenirs for visitors who wanted to bring a part of the games home with them.

These coins celebrated the god Zeus and his wife Hera, who presided over Olympia and the games themselves. The Olympic coinage is represented by a small range of imagery, focusing heavily on Zeus and his eagle, sometimes featuring snakes, thunderbolts, Ionic column capitals, or Nike, representing victory at the games.

Addition to the collection

KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip II,

108th
Olympics

Most likely Plato visited the Olympics at this year.

Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and two times Isthmian Games winner but never made it to the Olympics as an athlete.

356 BC

Tetradrachm 14.50 g
Pella, c. 336/5-329/8 / Le Rider 344 (D344/R276).
EF

At the Olympics

When King Philip II came games, people booed at it was believed he was preparing to invade Greece.

356 BC, Philip’s race horse won in the Olympic Games; for this victory, his wife, who was known then as Myrtale, received the name Olympias.

In the summer of the same year, Olympias gave birth to her first child, Alexander the Great. In ancient Greece people believed that the birth of a great man was accompanied by portents.

Philip won the Olympics 356, 352 and 348.