Ancient Olympic Games Flame Torchbearer Solid Bronze Figure Lampadephoria 6.5 Inches

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Ancient Olympic Games Flame Torchbearer Solid Bronze Figure Lampadephoria 6.5 Inches

Height: 6.5 inches (16.5 cm)
Width: 3.2 inches (8.2 cm)
Depth: 1.1 inches (2.8 cm)
Weight: 0.35 lbs (160 gr)
Material: Solid Bronze

Lampadephoria was an ancient Greek type of relay race using a torch which was passed between the runners. The race was run usually on foot, but sometimes it was also on horses by ephebi (a Greek youth entering manhood). The winner was the first team to pass the torch over the finish line. If a torch went out the team would lose the race.

Months before each Game, the Olympic Flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals. A female performer, acting as a priestess joined by ten female performers as Vestal Virgins, ignites a torch by placing it inside a parabolic mirror which focuses the sun’s rays; she then lights the torch of the first relay bearer, thus initiating the Olympic torch relay that will carry the flame to the host city’s Olympic stadium, where it plays an important role in the opening ceremony.

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