UNIVERSAL: BISTORY- THE ANCIENT WORLD.
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