Occasions of a tie were however very rare, and then the victory was designated as "holy" since in such a case, that is to say when the contest terminated "without a verdict", the crown was not given to any of the contestants, but was placed in the temple and was given to the god. The pedestal of a statue has been preserved with the following inscription: "To Tiberius Claudius Rufus who contested in a tie since until night, until the time when the stars came out in the sky, he withstood and did not give in... he was permitted to erect his statue with the inscription which would show that he not only contested but achieved the holy victory which for a century had not been awarded to any one" Kleanthis Palaiologos
The Olympic Fire and the modern Games
Adeimantus added: Has no one told you of the torch-race on horseback in honour of the goddess which will take place in the evening?
The modern Olympic Games were held 1896 in Athens (only men), 1900 in Paris France (the first time with 17 women as athletes), 1904 in St. Louis USA and 1906 only after 2 years again in Athens (not IOC official), then in 1908 in London and from then held every 4 years except 1916, 1940 and 1944 canceled due to war. In 2004 Athens was the Olympics City for the 3rd time (2 times official). The 2004 Olympic medals present on one side the statue of Nike Paionios with ancient Olympia in the backdrop, while the other side features the eternal flame framed by the first verse of the eighth Olympic Hymn by Pindar* along with the logo of the Athens Games.
O mother of gold-crowned contests, Olympia, queen of truth;
Some say that the 1906 Games helped the Olympics to survive because of a bad organization of the 1900 and 1904 Games (The 1904 Games were a side show of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition when actually Chicago was selected for the Games)
1912 George Patton, the later famous general in World War II finishes 5th in the Pentathlon in Stockholm
Will the modern Games be so successful like in ancient Greece? We will find out this in 1000 years (or earlier if the answer is negative).
Ideals and Commercialism
Scholars in the last centuries tried to idealize the ancient Olympic Games. Today there is a criticism of the commercialization of the modern Games. But were the ancient Games really different? Maybe there was a Olympic truce but many of the events actually were “military” games such as the Hoplitodromos, wrestling and javelin and also the racing events. The Games attracted various philosophers and others who used this opportunity to talk about their ideas to the public and there was also a opportunity for merchants to sell their products. The number of statues of those who used illegal methods to win and as punishment a statue with their name was setup was not small. There was not a second or third place but only a winner, and some would even die than to loose or others did not even participate when they knew that their opponent was too strong and sometimes for this reason there was a winner without any competition. If you know that you will not earn only a olive wreath but fame and the consequences of it then it is impossible to avoid that illegal methods are used to win.
58th Olympiad, Thales of Miletus according to Diogenes Laertios died in the stadium looking some athletic game. When the visitors left they found that Thales remained there looking as sleeping. He was actually dead. The heat and the probably difficult conditions was too much for the old Thales.
Pierre de Coubertin was against the participation of women in the modern Olympic Games but his opinion was not shared by others.
ANCIENT OLYMPICS AND ARTS
Stephen G. Miller, Ancient Greek athletics , Yale University Press , ISBN 0300100833