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Nemea (Gr. Νεμέα) is an ancient site near the head of the valley of the Nemea River in the northeastern part of the Peloponnese, in Greece. Formerly part of the territory of Cleonae in Argolis, it is today part of the prefecture of Corinthia. The small village of Iraklion is immediately southwest of the archaeological site, while the town of New Nemea lies several kilometers to the west. The Peloponnese or Peloponnesus (Greek: Πελοπόννησος Peloponnesos; see also List of traditional Greek place names) is a large peninsula in southern Greece, forming the part of the country south of the Gulf of Corinth. ... Cleonae or Cleonæ or Kleonai may refer to any of several ancient cities, including: Archaies Kleones formerly Cleonae, in Argolis, now in Corinthia prefecture, Greece Cleonae (Chalcidice) on Mount Athos This article consisting of geographical locations is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same... Argolis (Greek, Modern: Αργολίδα Argolida, Ancient/Katharevousa: Αργολίς -- still the official, formal name) is one of the fifty-one prefectures of Greece. ... Greece consists of 13 administrative regions known as Peripheries of Greece, which are further subdivided into 51 prefectures (nomoi, singular - nomos, Greek: νομοί, νομός)): See also List of the prefectures of Greece by area List of the prefectures of Greece by population density List of the prefectures of Greece by population External... Corinthia (Greek: Κορινθία, Korinthía) is the area around the city of Corinth. ... New Nemea is a Greek town located a few kilometres west of ancient Nemea, or Old Nemea, with a population of under nine thousand people. ...

Nemea was famous in Greek myth as the home of the Nemean Lion which was killed by the hero Heracles and as the place where the infant Opheltes, lying on a bed of wild celery, was killed by a serpent while his nurse fetched water for the Seven on their way from Argos to Thebes. The Seven founded the Nemean Games in his memory, and the crown of victory was hence made of wild celery and the judges wore black robes as a sign of mourning. Greek mythology comprises the collected legends of Greek gods and goddesses and ancient heroes and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. ... The Nemean Lion (Latin: Leon Nemeus) was a vicious monster in Greek mythology that lived in Nemea. ... Hercules, a Roman bronze (Louvre Museum) For other uses, see Heracles (disambiguation). ...

The Nemean Games were held from at least 573 BC at the sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Three columns of the temple of the 4th century BC have stood since their construction, and two more were reconstructed in 2002. Currently four more are being re-erected. The site around the temple has been excavated, including the great altar, bath, and hotel. The temple stands on the site of an Archaic period temple, of which only a foundation wall is still visible. The stadion has recently been discovered. It is notable for its well-preserved vaulted entrance tunnel of about 320 B.C. with ancient graffiti on the walls. The Nemean Games were one of the Panhellenic Games of Ancient Greece, and were held at Nemea every two years. ... Centuries: 7th century BC - 6th century BC - 5th century BC Decades: 620s BC 610s BC 600s BC 590s BC 580s BC - 570s BC - 560s BC 550s BC 540s BC 530s BC 520s BC Events and trends 579 BC - Servius Tullius succeeds the assassinated Lucius Tarquinius Priscus as king of Rome. ... The Statue of Zeus at Olympia Phidias created the 12-m (40-ft) tall statue of Zeus at Olympia about 435 BC. The statue was perhaps the most famous sculpture in Ancient Greece, imagined here in a 16th century engraving Zeus (in Greek: nominative: Zeús, genitive: Díos), is... (2nd millennium BC - 1st millennium BC - 1st millennium) The 4th century BC started on January 1, 400 BC and ended on December 31, 301 BC. // Overview Events Bust of Alexander the Great in the British Museum. ... // Public bathing has a long history. ... The 4-star Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. ... The archaic period in Greece is the period during which the ancient Greek city-states developed, and is normally taken to cover roughly the 9th century to the 6th century BCE. The Archaic period followed the dark ages, and saw significant advancements in political theory, and the rise of democracy... Map of downtown Rome during the Roman Empire showing the Stadion at the right The stadion (or stade) was an ancient foot race, part of the Olympic Games and the other Panhellenic Games. ...

The material discovered in the excavations is on display in a museum constructed as a part of the University of California's excavations.


  • C. W. Blegen, "The American Excavation at Nemea, Season of 1924", Art and Archaeology 9, 1925
  • B. H. Hill The Temple of Zeus at Nemea (Princeton 1966)
  • Darice E. Birge, Lynn H. Kraynak, and Stephen] G. Miller, Nemea I, Topographical and Architectural Studies: The Sacred Square, the Xenon, and the Bath (Berkeley and Los Angeles 1992)
  • Stephen G. Miller, Nemea II: The Early Hellenistic Stadium (Berkeley and Los Angeles 2001)
  • Stephen G. Miller, Nemea: A Guide to the Site and the Museum, 2nd ed. (Athens 2004)
  • Robert C.Knapp and John D. Mac Issac, Nemea III: The Coins (Berkeley and Los Angeles 2005)

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