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The only prize with which a victor in the Olympian games was rewarded was

a wreath of wild olive; but this was considered the greatest honor which

a Greek could achieve.

No other distinction conferred in peace or war was reckoned of equal

honor. The winner was gratified with every mark of appreciative regard

which it was possible for an enthusiastic people to bestow. His name was

pro- claimed before all Greece, and applauded by all his countrymen. His

family was ennobled by his victory. His statue was set up in the sacred

grove of the Olympian Zeus. On his return to his own city he was received

within the walls by a procession, and was escorted to his home with

shouting and the music of flutes. The rhapsodists recited his praises.

Rewards were voted to him by the citizens. His taxes were remitted, and

he was given a distinguished seat in all public assemblies. If a Spartan,

he might henceforth in battle fight next to the person of the king. His

victor's wreath was hung up as a precious legacy to his children's

children, who were thereby to be reminded of a glorious ancestry.

The attendance at the Olympic festival was enormously large, and embraced

the best people of all Greece. The general management was entrusted to a

committee of Eleans, who appointed a court of judges, called the

Hellanodicoe. These decided all the contests and made the awards to the

victors. During the continuance of the festival all