|What prizes did Olympic victors get?
[ 2006-03-14 18:23 ]
A victor received a crown made from olive leaves, and was entitled to
have a statue of him set up at Olympia.
Although he did not receive money at the Olympics,
the victor was treated much like a modern sports celebrity by his home
city. His success increased the fame and reputation of his community in
the Greek world.
It was common for victors to receive benefits such as having all their
meals at public expense or front-row seats at the theater and other public
festivals. One city even built a private gym for their Olympic wrestling
champion to exercise in.