Ancient Olympics Comic

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13 Jan 2015

OLYMPIC FLAME:  SYMBOL OF THE CONTINUITY OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

The Olympic Flame, one of the symbols of the ancient Olympic Games in ancient Greece, continues to survive until our days, showing in this way the continuity and the links existing between the ancient and the modern Olympics.

In general, the concept of "continuity" was fundamental to the way the ancient Greeks perceived the world. They deeply believed that everything was connected to each other through an evolutionary process. The Olympic Flame itself, burning continually in ancient Olympia, was actually an expression of this continuity.

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31 Aug 2014

Without a doubt the temple of Zeus in ancient Olympia was the greatest and most important of all the monuments in the Sacred Altis. Built in the centre of the Altis, the temple of Zeus was a symbol of the religion that united all the Greeks and dominated with its imposing and brightening presence the grove of Sacred Altis.

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07 Jul 2014

Exclusion from the Olympics of the Women in Ancient Greece

One of the most strange and unexplainable facts of the history of the ancient Olympic Games is the exclusion of women in ancient Greece not only from participating in the Olympic sports but also from watching the ancient Olympic games and even visiting ancient Olympia during the Games.

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02 Jun 2014

READY TO GET STARTED!

A Great procession from Elis to ancient Olympia


Just two days before the official opening of the ancient Greek Olympics, a great procession started from Elis heading to ancient Olympia.

At the head of the formal procession were the Hellanodikes (Jurors), dressed in a purple robe, the porfyra , and crowned with laurel. The priests followed behind them, and also the rulers of Elis and everyone that had organizational and coordinating role during the ancient Greek Olympics. Then, the official delegations of the cities (theories), with the athletes, who held tributes in honor of the gods, and their sponsors- wealthy citizens who covered the costs of each delegation- to go ahead accompanied by relatives and friends, trainers and other fellow citizens. After all these came the slaves, who led the animals destined for sacrifice in ancient Olympia and many people who wished to watch the ancient Olympic events and they also brought with them hundreds of animals. This great procession to the ancient Olympia was supplemented and closed by the team responsible for maintaining the order: the alytes, the staff-bearers and the rod-bearers.

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28 Apr 2014

Admittedly, Socrates was and still remains one of the most important personalities of the ancient Greek culture. His views, his teaching and his action are a milestone in the ancient Greek philosophy. It is no coincidence that the philosophers before him are called “Pre-Socratic”, as with Socrates the philosophical interest shifted substantially from metaphysics and ontology (that deal with questions about the origin of the world and the natural phenomena) to the person and his soul.


Since Socrates hasn’t left any text written, we get the information we have about his life and his teaching from other writers, such as Plato, who outlines in his Socratic Dialogues his teacher’s, Socrates personality and philosophy, Xenophon (in his works Memorabilia and Symposium), Aristotle and Aristophanes with references in some of his comedies.

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11 Apr 2014

“TINELLA KALLINIKE”

During the 1200 years of the ancient Olympic Games in ancient Greece, there was a little phrase that was sounded countless times in the stadium and in the places of the games. A phrase that depicted applause, admiration, reward, joy, excitement, honor, glory: “Tinella Kallinike!”.

For the ancient Greeks one of the bigger honors a person could live was to win in the most famous athletic competitions, the ancient Olympic Games. So, every time that an ancient Olympic athlete made a victory the audience clapped and cheered with this phrase that means “Well done glorious victor”.

The word “tinella” was made up by the ancient lyric poet, Archilochos, who wanted to emulate the sound of the chord of a lyre or a guitar. He used this word to start one of his songs, dedicated to Hercules (“Tinella, oh glorious victor, rejoice…”). Later on, this phrase was established as a greeting to the ancient Greek athletes during their crowning.

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26 Mar 2014

When Leftreris Ntouranidis, publisher and an old friend asked me to write a script about the ancient Olympic Games, he awakened in me the teacher more than the writer.

Even though I knew well -from my previous works- about the classical Greece, the place so as the time, I studied a lot: Pausanias, Pindar and modern scholars who had dealt with this subject: Anna Maranti, Xeni Arapogianni, Panos Valavanis, Giannis Mouratidis, Ellie Emke, Richard Wolf, Chris Oxlade, David Balheimer, Furio Durando etc.

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26 Mar 2014

I was approached by a Greek publisher, Lefteris Ntouranidis in order to illustrate a script written by Tassos Apostolides about the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. Lefteris wanted to produce the scripts in a form of a colored comic book or a graphic novel. This was not an easy task.

Drawn from my experience with animation production and the historical accuracy that is needed even in less demanding subjects than this I knew that before any single page was drawn, a great amount of work had to be spend visually researching the period, the original locations as well as the people and their lifestyle in detail. I traveled to ancient Olympia and the local museum. With the help of my wife Katerina, who is a Greek archaeologist, I took hundreds of pictures and reviewed numerous recreations, stories and notes taken by other artists, writers and scholars.

Lefteris had been an animation enthusiast with great respect of the work done by the Dreamworks studios in Los Angeles, where I had spend several years working in biblical stories, westerns and other subjects. Looking back to that experience, we decided to approach the design style of the characters and sets of the ancient Olympic Games comic in a similar way. We took the decision to design everything like an animation movie but produce a comic book, avoiding this way the dull super-realistic renderings that usually lucks in character emotion and motion in place of a more cartoony but still solid drawing.

First, I designed the main characters and I produced a sample first page to make sure things were working out and send it to Lefteris for approval. I remember he found that Kallias, one of the main characters looked too young and after adjusting him to a more adolescent age I continued working on the remaining main characters as well as a number of secondary characters whose faces and body types were used throughout the ancient Olympic Games comic book where needed.

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17 Mar 2014

The oldest, most famous and glorified sanctuary in ancient Greece was undoubtedly the one of ancient Olympia, which over the years became a fixed meeting point for people from all over the world who were united under the same values and the same culture, the ancient Greek culture.

THE LANDSCAPE OF ANCIENT OLYMPIA

Ancient Olympia was located in the western Peloponnese, in a verdant valley, where the Alpheus River is joined with the tributary Kladeos, at the foot of the Kronios hill. It is an area full of trees: oaks, olive trees, pines and poplars. Due to this grove, the area was also called "Altis" (word with common root with the word “alsos” -grove in Greek). The landscape of ancient Olympia with its idyllic beauty even nowadays creates the feeling of a strange charm and tranquility, as if it invites all people to a peace aggrement. The Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis in one of his books says, "There is no other landscape in Greece that so sweet and persistently motivates to peace and reconciliation, as the landscape of Olympia."

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26 Feb 2014
Just as it happens nowadays, the ancient Greek athletes who wished to take part in ancient Olympics had to prepare themselves not only in order to fulfill the qualifications required to participate in the games but also to be capable of winning the first prize and the champion’s glory. Ancient Olympics were  the most renowned and important sporting event of the ancient times, as well as of the modern, world so the ancient Greek athletes participating had to be well prepared and trained.

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The sports facilities in ancient Greece

The fitness, the beauty and the harmony of the body in ancient Greece were considered as high ideals. They strongly believed that the health of the spirit should be combined with the health of the body -the quote “a healthy mind in a healthy body” is well known. Since they paid special attention to the physical exercise of all men in general and not just of the athletes, all the cities of ancient Greece had public training facilities. In the “palaistra” they were practicing martial arts, such as wrestling and boxing, and in the “gymnasium”, which was larger, they used to train in racing and in throws. In the gymnasium there was even a special bathroom, called “loutron” where they could clean their bodies at the end of the exercise.
 

The training period for the ancient Olympics in ancient Greece

 
Ancient Greek athletes preparing for the ancient Olympics started training ten months in advance of the games (they were actually gave an oath to that) and the last month’s workouts took place in the “palaistra” and in the great gymnasiums of Elis, “Xystos” and “Maltho”. Thus, the ancient Greek athletes for the ancient Olympics could get used to the premises and the climate of the area while at the same time their training was held under the supervision of the Hellanodikes.
 
30 Jan 2014

 

Elis | The Olympic judges' origin

In the history of the ancient Olympics the “Hellanodikes” hold a very special place. They were the official and general organizers of the ancient Olympics and they also were responsible for the proper running of the games.

The Hellanodikes should be inhabitants of Elis with origin from the noble families of the town. At first, the post was hereditary and for life. However, at 584 BC it was decided that the “Hellanodikes” would be elected every four years by the drawing of lots and that their post would last only for one Olympiad. Their number ranged from one to twelve but since 348 BC stabilized at ten, one from each tribe of Elis.

Ancient Olympics | The Olympic judges' duties

The Olympic judges supervised the events of the ancient Olympics

The literal meaning of the word "Hellanodikis" in Greek is "the judge of the Greeks". Indeed one of the main duties of the Hellanodikes was to supervise the events of the ancient Olympics, to ensure compliance with the rules of each sport, to impose penalties, physical or financial, even exclude the athletes who violated any regulation and proclaim the winners. But this was not their only responsibility.

 

24 Jan 2014

Olympic truce The sacred  ancient Olympic Truce was an institution that was put in place during the ancient Greek Olympic Games and had to be respected by all the Greek cities. According to the sacred Olympic Truce tradition all hostilities were suspended two months before and one month after the games so that both the athletes and the spectators could move safely to ancient Olympia, the place where the ancient Greek Olympic Games were held, and return without fear back to their countries.

 
 

 

 

10 Oct 2013

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Ancient Greek games comic | The Great Phidias Greek sculptor

The great phidiasPhidias, or The Great Pheidias (in Ancient Greek, Φειδίας; c. 480 – 430 BC), was a Greek sculptor, painter and architect, who lived in the 5th century BC, and is commonly regarded as one of the greatest of all sculptors of Classical Greece:[1] Phidias' Statue of Zeus at Olympia was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (Source Wikipedia).

 

 

05 Oct 2013

Olympics mottoThe Olympic motto is made up of three Latin words :

Citius -Altius - Fortius. These words mean Faster - Higher - Stronger.

It was the Dominican priest Henri Didon who first expressed the words in the opening ceremony of a school sports event in 1881 and Pierre de Coubertin, who was present that day, adopted them as the Olympic Motto. It expresses the aspirations of the Olympic Movement not only in its athletic and technical sense but also from a moral and educational perspective. (Source Olympic.org)

 

 

04 Oct 2013

Olympics symbol | Olympics ringsThe Olympics symbol is composed of five interlocking blue, yellow, black, green, and red rings that came to be known as the "Olympics rings".

Who designed the Olympics symbol

The Olympics symbol was designed  by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1912 during the foundation of the modern Olympic Games. It signifies unity as the Olympics rings colors along with the white background appeared on all the national flags of the countries that took part in the Olympic Games at that time. In 1931 Baron Pierre de Coubertin gave it the follwing meaning:

The Olympic flag ... has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red ... This design is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.
— Pierre de Coubertin (1931) (Source Wikipedia)
28 Sep 2013

The Olympics theme song for the ancient Olympics

While there was no ancient Olympics theme song there were many odes written by different Greek lyric poets. The Greek lyric poet Pindar composed fourteen odes to celebrate the ancient Olympic Games victories. Below you may find one of the most famous Pindar Olympian Ode.

 

Modern Olympics are always marked by a different Olympics theme song. One may say that the Olympics theme song has always been the music flag of the modern Olympic Games. A list of different Olympics theme songs of modern Olympics are listed below - Enjoy listening to these glorious Olympic themes.

26 Sep 2013

The Olympics comic and historical data from wikipedia  As I wanted to crosscheck the historical facts and information given by the Olympic Games comic I thought i should first check what other valuable sources online would have to say about ancient Olympic Games. First result in my "ancient Greek Games" Google search was an article by Wikipedia (part of the summary included below). I was amazed to see that most historical data recorded (History of Olympics) could be found on the Ancient Greek Games Comic and I will dare to say that in some cases the comic went even further to discribe in debth the ancient history of Olympics. The history of Olympics  for kids and grown ups has never been more fascinating and exciting to learn. The following slides give a tiny sample of the different dialogues in the comic book that gives a taste of what you will learn about the history of the Olympics.The historical facts recorded below are part of the Wikipedia article.

 

 

 

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