|At the spot of Games inauguration is a stadium near the river Alpheus and an ancient camping. Here were locating lots of sports fans, various commodities traders, owners of entertainment venues. So even in ancient times, games organizational actions were involving all kind different social grades in Greece. Official Greek festival lasted five days and was dedicated to the praising of physical strength and solidarity of the nation, worshipping perfection of mankind. While gaining fame and popularity - Olympic Games influenced the center of Olympia – Altis, considered sanctuary of Zeus. One of the most flowery legends of the past tells us about sad fate of the defender of people - Prometheus, who stole eternal flame from the fire from Olympus and brought it to the earth, and taught mortal people to use it. As the myth, Zeus gave order to Hephaestus to chain Prometheus to the Caucasus rock struck him with a spear, and a huge eagle flew every morning to pick titans liver, Prometheus was rescued by Hercules. History suggests that in other cities of Greece the cult of Prometheus, and in his honor held Prometheus competition of runners with burning torches.
The figure of Titan now is one of the most remarkable objects in the Greek mythology. The expression "Promethean fire" means a contribution to high goals in the fight against evil. Do not be mistaken with the same meaning as considered by ancients, when about three thousand years ago, was kindled the Olympic flame in the grove of Altis.|