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SANCTUARY
This is the name now given to the sports site at Olympia, at the centre of which once stood the temple and the huge stature of Zeus. Little is left of this complex today.During the games in antiquity the sanctuary was out of bounds to married women, whereas unmarried girls were allowed in. It should be remembered that athletes competed naked. This rule was made in order to prevent spectators from encouraging their favourites.Poets and writers also came to watch the competitions, Thus Aristotle called the pentathletes the "finest men in Greece".Since the sanctuary was entirely dedicated to sport and games played in a spirit of peaceful rivalry between the different city states of Greece, weapons were naturally banned on the site.
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