The Games of Zeus summons Olympic spirit at Caerleon's National Roman Legion Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 16 April 2012
A photo of a white sculpture of a Roman God
Exhibition: The Games of Zeus, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

When he initiated the Olympics under the title of The Ancient Games, King Iphastos of Elis did so on the understanding that they would save his kingdom from endless pestilence.

Thousands of years later, Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin believed the modern games would act as a catalyst for world peace. And London mayor Boris Johnson isn’t the only one who believes the Games will transform his city.

The restorative power of the games has been lauded through the ages, and there’s more wonder to be had in this show full of facts: not least at the Greeks once using dust as an anti-perspirant, or launching the funerals of dignitaries with chariot races.

A sterling range of helmets and coins also feature, as well as annotations in blue allowing visitors to find out more on their phone via Bluetooth.

  • Open 10am–5pm (2pm–5pm Sunday). Admission free.
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