Nemean Games

one of the great national festivals of ancient Greece, held at Nemea in the second and fourth year of each Olympiad.

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▪ ancient Greek games
      in ancient Greece, athletic and musical competitions held in honour of Zeus, in July, at the great Temple of Zeus at Nemea, in Argolis. They occurred biennially, in the same years as the Isthmian Games, i.e., in the second and fourth years of each Olympiad. Their origin was attributed to such legendary figures as Heracles and Adrastus of Argos. The presidency of the games was held by the city of Cleonae until about 460 BC, thereafter by Argos. Winners in the competitions were awarded a wreath of fresh wild celery. After 573 BC the games were open to all Greeks, and the Nemea became one of the great panhellenic festivals. A group of archaeologists from the University of California, Berkeley, which began work at Nemea in 1973, discovered the remains of a stadium on a hillside near the temple.

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