[Image: Roman Temple]
[Image: The Colosseum]

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies



Ancient Olympics Exhibition


21 May-17 October


Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge


The ancient Greeks held many religious festivals, and athletic contests were an integral part of these. The best known was held every four years at Olympia.

This exhibition uses casts and objects from the Museum's collection to show how Greek life was shaped by a competitive culture, of which the ancient Olympic games are the most famous example.

Admission free



Fit Bodies: Statues, Athletes and Power Exhibition


1 June - 15 September: museum opening hours.


Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Malet Place.


Fit Bodies takes an alternate view of physical fitness. This exhibition problematises traditional views around the ideal physical body in ancient Greek and Egyptian sculpture and the idea of an athletic body today. Fit Bodies also explores how the role of fitness has changed in society, for example the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs had to prove their fitness every 30 years in Sed festival; although today such physical prowess is not expected from our political leaders, arguably we prefer tall and slim Prime Ministers / Presidents.

A thought provoking exhibition that is provocative in a positive way around athletics and athletic bodies incorporationg creative responses from UCL students.


General public


Medicine and the Olympic Games of Antiquity


1 June - 20 July


Library of the Royal Society of Medicine

1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Tel +44 (0) 20 72902940


Highlights include:

  • a high definition digital copy of the Oxyrhynchus BM1185 verso Papyrus fragment (courtesy of the British Library) listing ancient Olympian Victors
  • the case of the gout sufferer who raced and won the olive wreath at Olympia (according to Aretaeus)
  • the case of the boy Hysmon who overcame his neurological disorder and became a victorious pentathlete (according to Pausanias)
  • the medical consequences of the bad dream of the wrestler Myron of Ephesus (according to Rufus of Ephesus)
  • Galen's ointment of the Olympic Victor

A commentary on the exhibits is available in booklet form at the exhibition and may be downloaded here.

More information is available on the website below:


It is open to all, free of charge, on display Mondays to Fridays.

The First Modern Olympic Games, Athens 1896


3 July - 10 August


Hellenic Centre
16-18 Paddington Street


An exhibition of rare photographs from the archives of the Benaki and National Historical Museums of Athens depicting the very first Modern Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896. These rarely seen images depict the Games, from the Stadium's restoration right through to the Winners' Parade during Award - Giving Ceremony and the Closing of the Games.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 4pm-6pm.

Morning school visits welcome; by appointment only. For late evening and weekend openings call 020 7487 5060.

Organised by the Hellenic Centre in celebration of the 2012 Olympics.

Sponsored by the Hellenic Foundation.


Stadia: Sport and Vision in Architecture


6 July - 22 September


Sir John Soane's Museum


Open to the Public