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A day at the races

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The Ancient stadium of Nemea was build around 330BC for the Argos games. It is very typical of ancient Greek stadiums. Except if you want, you can race there. In 1996 they revived games at the stadium, and anybody can complete. Now you complete just for fun. There are no prized or records of winners but I think it just might be a plan. The next games in are 2020.

The tunnel through which athletes enter the stadium. The ancient changing room is just behind the tunnel.


The start line.

Agamemnon’s tomb

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Ok firstly, this is almost certainly not the actual grave of Agamemnon. Agamemnon was the king of Mycenae and is most famous for his role in the sacking of Troy told to us in the Iliad by Homer (a book you really should read – I recommend Lattimore or Lombardo’s translations). But it is undoubtably the tomb of a king, and probably a king that pre-dates Agamemnon.

The door to this tholos tomb (beehive tomb) measures over 5m tall, the lintel above the door, which weigh over 100tons each!

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We will never know who was burried there, but it is a remarkable place to visit.

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Circle Grave

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These circular graves would originally have had a roof, but that has fallen in a long time ago. A commoner would not be buried here; it would be reserved for royalty. In my next post I will be sharing an even more impressive grave, the so-called tomb of Agamemnon

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The North Gate and city

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In my last post I shared a photo of the Lion’s Gate in Mycenae. Today I’m sharing the view from the middle of the city you can see the walls and various paths.

And below is another gate. The North Gate is much more simple than the Lion Gate, but it’s still a massive portal with a huge little holding the gate together.

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The Lion Gate

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The Lion Gate was the main entrance of Mycenae. It is over 3200 years old. Agamemnon, the Mycenae king and hero in the Iliad by Homer would have walked through this gate to start his travels to fight in Troy, and it was in Mycenae that upon returning from surviving a 10 year war in Troy he was murdered by his wife.

It is a massive structure and a remarkable feeling to trace the footsteps of people that have featured so much in the Greek epics.

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