Colonnaded eastern walkway from N, Olympia, Palaestra

Elevation of Ionic capital of Palaestra, Olympia

Plan, Olympia, Palaestra

Overall view from SE, Olympia, Palaestra

SE corner from SE toward NW, Olympia, Palaestra

Overall view from W from across Kladeos river, Olympia, Palaestra

Context: Olympia
Type: Palaestra
Summary: Open court with peristyle; west of the Sanctuary of Zeus (Altis), between the Theokoleon and the Gymnasium.
Date: ca. 400 BC - 300 BC

66.35 m x 66.75 m; court: 41.42 m x 41.52 m.

Region: Elis
Period: Late Clas./Hell.


Doric peristyle court, 19 x 19 columns, with water channel and series of rooms arranged on all 4 sides. On the south side of the peristyle was a colonnade of 15 Ionic columns and a small entrance room at either corner. On the north side an ephebeum (exercise room) had an inner colonnade of 9 Ionic columns. On the west and east sides of the court, smaller colonnades and doors opening onto various rooms.

Other Bibliography:

Dinsmoor 1975, 320; Mallwitz 1972, 278-284; PECS, 649