Tuesday May 5th
Sites Visited: Olympia
Where did we stay tonight?: Olympia
Leaders: Jerry Guo and KT Holroyd
As is usual these days, our group woke up bright and early at 7am to sample the delicacies of the hotel breakfast. The orange juice machine was both delicious and terrifying. Many FSPers were amazed by the toaster; such high technology is rarely seen in Greece. A short walk to the main site at Olympia yielded a locked gate, archaeologists setting up survey equipment, a beautiful view, and wet benches. After an eye-opening by Professor Christesen, we were met by the German Director of the site, Dr. Reinhard Senff. He gave us a spectacular lecture on the restoration work the DAI has undertaken in the past century as we moved through the site, and we were even able to see the current excavation work to the south of the stadium.
After another lecture by Professor Christesen (noticing a trend?), we finally took a break for lunch. Those of us who picnicked on the site were chased away by a harpy of a guard and had to encamp just outside the gates, like the Greeks of old. Others ventured into town to the FSP lunh of champsions: a gyro dripping with grease and tzatziki. After lunch, we proceeded to the museum to deliver presentations on various pieces of sculpture from the Temple of Zeus.
Then came the fun stuff. We were given a major assignment to draw site plans based not on chronology, but on function, in addition to a short paper. Clearly, the gods did not wish for us to do this assignment, as they sent a thunderstorm that poured down upon those of us who worked outside.
In a bizarre turn of events, the entire FSP got on the bus after the assignment was handed in to go to a restaurant in a small village nearby, well-renowned for serving olive oil-drenched chicken by the kilo. And many kilos were eaten that night at “Chicken Restaurant.” After a 15 hour day, we passed out on our beds, ready for another 7am wakeup call and even more machine orange juice in the morning.
Dr. Senff lectures:
Making it educational:
Day 45 Photo Gallery:
Dr. Senff lectures at Olympia.
Resistivity work near the Hill of Kronos at Olympia.
Joe and Chris flee the encroaching hoards of package tourists.
Massive column elements from the temple of Zeus.
Sceptical faces at the Eretrian "bull" monument.
The group clambers through the brush to inspect the trenches being sunk near the hippodrome.
Prof. Christesen enjoys a frolic in the pleasant greenery of the Olympic stadium.
Joe, Kathryn, Ben, and Kait join in.
Mix and match Doric capitals at the temple of Hera in the altis.
More skeptical faces at the temple of Hera. Must be the machine orange juice.
One of the sacred trees in the grove at Olympia.
Apodyterion-ing before the race at Olympia.
The athletes process out to the starting line for the stadion (200 m.) race.
Serious game faces on.
And they're off - but what's this...
The Olympians have split into two factions! So much for the truce.
And, the inevitable descent into frippery.
Ben and Joe emerge from the tunnel: conquistadors!
Faded grandeur at the Temple of Zeus.
Lecture under the guard's watchful eye at Pheidias's workshop.
The Alexes and Ben listen intently.
The architrave of the Phillipeion against a brilliant Spring sky.
Ben gives a presentation of his work on strigils at the Olympia museum.
Ben captures the imaginations of his viewers as he steps into the mighty shoes of the Apoxyomenos.
The strigil in its natural habitat.
Ben Kahn, arbiter of strigil typologies.
KT, Alex M., and Dallis explore the bronze finds from Olympia.
A fine terracotta sculpture of Zeus and Ganymede.
Dallis formally analyzes the West pediment from the Temple of Zeus with great gusto.
Ally and Charlie present a mildly successful metope from the temple of Zeus.
KT and Jerry work on their assignment in a cafe.