The Stadium, Olympia, Greece, 2017.10.12
The Stadium, Olympia, Greece, 2017.10.12.
Nikon D7200, 12-24mm f/4G lens @20mm f/8, aperture priority.

"This fascinating dark side of the ancient Olympics includes a particularly notorious case of imperial rule-bending and self-glorification. After the Roman Emperor Nero managed to change the schedules of the major games at Olympia, Isthmia, Nemea and Delphi in AD 67, he 'competed' in all four Panhellenic festivals and was awarded a total of 1,808 victory crowns! His list of events included lyre-playing, singing, acting, oratory and four-horse chariot-racing — in which he himself used 10 horses. Later, Olympia‚Äôs officials declared the games invalid — but only after the infamously murderous emperor had removed himself to the Underworld."

— John Leonard, "Birthplace of the Olympics",, October 9, 2015