The Sacred Site of Nemea
Adam T. Rich
Dr. Thomas Zoumaras, Faculty Mentor
The goal of this discussion will be to explain the significance of the Panhellenic games in Ancient Greece while exploring the remains of the sacred site and mythology behind Nemea. Nemea was one of four competitive sport festivals that comprised the Panhellenic games. These games were significant in a society marked by intense competition and rivalry. These games reinforced the skills and strength needed in warfare. The founding of the games at Nemea has two possible myths, one involving the popularized Heracles, and the other explains Nemea as a more traditional funeral game to honor Opheltes, son of King Lykourgus. Though not as well known as the Olympic Games, also part of the Panhellenic athletic festival, Nemea remains of interest as the site is continually excavated and rebuilt. New buildings are discovered just as the purposes of previous finds are reevaluated and changed. To conclude I will introduce a new era of Nemean athletes who extol and carry on the competitions of Ancient Greece.
Keywords: Sacred Sites, Nemea, Panhellenic Games, Mythology
Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Location: VH 1232