Hitler’s lasting Olympic legacyBreaking News
tags: Hitler, Olympic
Olympia did have an eternal flame. It was kept burning for Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth.
And Olympia did have another big flame. Coinciding with the full moon, they sacrificed 100 white oxen on a grand altar and then barbecued them for the spectators.
Other Ancient Greek cities had Lampadedromia, a torch race, as part of their festivals - in Athens, young men raced a relay, keeping flaming reeds from the narthew plant alight.
But the lighting of the Olympic flame? Hitler.
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