Aerial view of the Demeter Chamyne temple, right by the Hippodrome chariots racing track. Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia

Temple to the Goddess: New Findings Change What We Know About Male-only Olympics Games

Pausanius was right: Priestesses of Demeter were, alone among women, allowed to watch the ancient Grecian games, from their temple now found by the racetrack

The spades and shovels of archaeologists ushered in the rebirth of the Olympic Games in 1896. The original games were an exclusively male domain: women not allowed to compete, or even to watch. Now two temples...

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