Short description of the monuments at ancient Olympia

3D reconstructions:
Some of the most important buildings in ancient Olympia rendered in three-dimensions.

3D reconstruction of the Temple of Zeus in ancient Olympia.

Other games:
Short reference on other famous contests in ancient Greece

In the first person:
Young Ariston shares his experience in the Olympic Games

Olympic victors:
Database of the ancient Olympic victors based on each athletic event and each Olympiad

Specimen sources


Topography of Ancient Olympia


The Temple of Zeus

Introduction | statue | metopes | pediments

The decoration on the metopes

The twelve labors of Hercules are depicted on the twelve metopes of the pronaos and opisthodomos of the Temple of Zeus.

The labors depicted on the pronaos are as following:
1. The Erymanthian Boar
2. The mares of Diomedes
3. Gyriones' Cattle
4. The golden apples of the Hesperides (this is the most well preserved metope).
5. Cerberus, the three-eyed watch dog of Ades.
6. The Augean stables

The labors depicted on the opisthodomos are as following:
1. The Nemean lion
2. The Lernaean Hydra
3. The Cretan Bull
4. The Stymphalian Birds
5. The Cerynitian Boar
6. Hippolyte's belt.