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15 Aug 2004
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Archery events on historic grounds

As from today archery athletes have the unique chance of competing in the Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern area took place and which was built on the ruins of an Ancient stadium built in 329 BC. Archery athletes compete in four categories of events: individual and team events for women and men.

Known also as the “Kallimarmaron”, which means “beautiful marble”, the Panathinaiko Stadium has a long history that dates back to the classical era. Historic records indicate that a stadium existed on the site as early as 329 BC during the time of Lykourgos, a pupil of Plato. During the Middle Ages, the stadium was destroyed and its marble was used for other construction purposes.

First Modern Olympic Games
In 1896 it was reconstructed for the first Modern Olympic Games thanks to the generous donation of George Averoff. In its 48 rows of seats it accommodated 45,000 spectators. It is considered to be a great achievement in terms of its construction as, even today, the supply, processing and placing of its huge marble stones would have been a great challenge. In addition, the particular construction technique, especially the curved rows of seats that allow spectators to have a better view, is still admired.

In 1906, Propilea, a special entrance with Corinthian-style pillars, was added at the front of the stadium and was later removed (in 1952). In 1997 the Opening Ceremony of the World Track and Field Championships was staged at the Panathinaiko stadium with great success.

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