Altis sentence example

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  • The valley, at once spacious and definite, is a natural precinct, and it is probable that no artificial boundaries of the Altis, or sacred grove, existed until comparatively late times.
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  • Philip of Macedon and Nero are, as we shall see, among those whose names have a record in the Altis.
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  • The result of these six years' labours was, first, to strip off a thick covering of earth from the Altis, the consecrated precinct of the Olympian Zeus.
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  • The coating of earth over the Altis had an average depth of no less than 16 ft.
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  • The work could not, however, be restricted to the Altis.
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  • There is a third and smaller gate at about the middle point of the west wall, and nearly opposite the Pelopion in the Altis.
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  • West of the west Altis wall, on the strip of ground between the Altis and the river Cladeus (of which the course is roughly parallel to the west Altis wall), the following buildings were traced.
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  • Just outside the Altis at its north-west corner was a Gymnasium.
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  • Immediately to the east of this doorway was the gate giving access to the Altis at its north-west corner.
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  • The more northerly of the two opened on the Altis.
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  • It was used as a promenade, and as a place from which to view the festal processions as they passed towards the Altis.
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  • East of the bouleuterium was a triumphal gateway of Roman age, with triple entrance, the central being the widest, opening on the Altis from the south.
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  • North of this gateway, but at a somewhat greater depth, traces of a pavement were found in the Altis.
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  • To the south-east of the Altis is a building of 4th-century date and of uncertain purpose.
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  • This was afterwards absorbed into a Roman house which projected beyond the Altis on the east, the south part of the east Altis wall being destroyed to admit of this.
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  • Only a Roman master could have dealt thus with the Altis, and with a building which stood within its sacred precinct.
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  • It cannot be doubted that the Roman house - from which three doors gave access to the Altis - was that occupied by Nero when he visited Olympia.
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  • Following northwards the line of the east wall, we reach at the north-east corner of the Altis the entrance to the Stadium, which extends east of the Altis in a direction from west-south-west to east-north-east.
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  • The apparently strange and inconvenient position of the Stadium relatively to the Altis was due simply to the necessity of obeying the conditions of the ground, here determined by the curve of the loweslopes which bound the valley on the north.
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  • The entrance to the Stadium from the north-east corner of the Altis was a privileged one, reserved for the judges of the games, the competitors and the heralds.
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  • To the west was a vestibule, from which the Altis was entered by a handsome gateway.
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  • The remains or sites within the Altis may conveniently be classed in three main groups, viz.
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  • The three temples of the Altis were those of Zeus, Hera and the Mother of the gods.
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  • The Philippeum stood near the north-west corner of the Altis, a short space west-south-west of the Heraeum.
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  • As a thank-offering for the overthrow of Greek freedom, it might seem strangely placed in the Olympian Altis.
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  • The Exedra of Herodes Atticus stood at the north limit of the Altis, close to the north-east angle of the Heraeum, and immediately west of the westernmost treasure-house (that of Sicyon).
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  • C. It remains to notice those features of the Altis which were connected with the management of the sanctuary or with the accommodation of its guests.
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  • The Prytaneum was at the north-west corner of the Altis, in such a position that its south-east angle was close to the north-west angle of the Heraeum.
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  • Raised on three steps, and formed by a single Doric colonnade, open towards the Altis, it afforded a place from which spectators could conveniently view the passage of processions and the sacrifices at the great altar of Zeus.
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  • The Agora was the name given to that part of the Altis which had the Porch of Echo on the east, the Altar of Zeus on the west, the Metroum on the north, and the precinct of the Temple of Zeus on the south-west.
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  • These images stood at the northern side of the Agora, in a row, which extended from the north-east angle of the Metroum to the gate of the private entrance from the Altis into the Stadium.
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  • From these side-valleys water was now conducted to Olympia, entering the Altis at its north-east corner by an arched canal which passed behind the treasure-houses to the reservoir at the back of the exedra.
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  • Olympia further possessed several fountains, enclosed by round or square walls, chiefly in connexion with the buildings outside the Altis.
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  • The drainage of the Altis followed two main lines.
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  • The other, which served for the treasure-houses, passed in front of the Porch of Echo parallel with the line of the east Altis wall.
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