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                                                               The Hellenistic Stadium

The ancient stadium at Nemea was constructed circa 330 B.C. when the games returned from Argos. This stadium is similar to others constructed during the Early Hellenistic such as the stadia at Olympia and Epidaurus. The southern portion of the stadium was carved into a natural depression between two hills, where as the north was built up using fill material from the excavations to the south.


Layout of the Stadium                                            General Plan of the Stadium


The stadium was in use as long as the games were held at Nemea which lasted until circa 271 BC. During the Roman and Early Christian periods the stadium was used for non-athletic activities such as farming and herding. After abandonment, the stadium fell into disrepair and was forgotten. 


General view of the Stadium from the Southeast

This information originated on Professor Emeritus S.G. Miller's website.