Meet in the morning at the beautiful neoclassical building known as theZappeion, just below theNational Garden, and begin your day as an Olympic athlete. Here, youll find out, in detail, what role the ancient Olympics played in Greek societyover the millennium in which they were held.
Youll learnhow the athletes trained, what disciplines were includedas the games evolved, and load up on some really old sports trivia to stump your friends. Youll also find out abouthow the modern Olympics were first proposed, organized and held in Athens, more than 1,500 years after they were last staged, and youll do this all right in the very building that served as the first Olympic Village.
After knowledge comes exercise. Theres a historic gym nearby where youll get totrysome classic techniques for old events such as thediscusand thejavelin throw, and practicenewer ones like theshot put, long jump, andrelay races.By the time you reach thePanathenaic Stadium, a beautiful white marble structure (the only stadium in the world made entirely of marble), youll be psyched up for a truly unique experience, a race in the stadium on the hallowed track where the first modern Olympians competed more than a century ago.
- Learnthe history of the Ancient Olympicsand what the Games meant to people at the time
- Tour theZappeion, the first modern purpose-built Olympic facility
- Stretch your muscles and hone your skills in agym session in a historic 19th-century gymnasium
- Run like a champion in thePanathenaic Stadium, home of the 1896 Olympic Games