Olympia–rising from the ashes

Posted on November 9th, 2007 by

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The Restoration of Olympia–brought to you by Coca-Cola Corp.

The Coca-Cola Company announced a US $2 million donation to the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) toward the restoration of its site in Ancient Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games and the ultimate symbol of Greek and international cultural and sports heritage. The site was severely damaged by the recent forest fires that scorched the grounds of the Peloponnesus in Greece over the summer.

The Coca-Cola Company is the longest-standing supporter of the Olympic Games, since 1928, and its $2 million donation will help restore the forest area around the Pierre de Coubertin monument, among other sites. This donation is in addition to fire relief efforts announced earlier by the Coca-Cola Foundation in conjunction with Coca-Cola Hellas and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC).

“The Coca-Cola Company was deeply concerned about the disaster that hit Greece and the site of Ancient Olympia,” Reiniche said. “After our immediate relief efforts, we decided to extend our efforts by helping to facilitate the rapid restoration and reforestation of the Olympic site.”

Ancient authors advise Olympia landscapers from beyond the grave

Testimony from ancient Greek writers will be used in the reforestation of Ancient Olympia after it was damaged by a swathe of wildfires in August, the Greek culture ministry said on Thursday.

The hills around this small town in the southern Peloponnese peninsula will be mainly replanted with thousands of bushes and olive trees in line with the writings of Pausanias, a 2nd century AD traveller and geographer.

The writings of Theofrastus, a 4th century BCE philosopher who wrote a treatise on botany, will also be employed, the ministry said in a statement.

The 12-day inferno in August burned trees behind the Olympia archaeological museum and grass on the slopes of the ancient stadium where thousands attend the lighting ceremony for the Games every two years.

Extensive damage was also caused to the Olympic Academy grove where the heart of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, is buried.


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