The ancient site of Nemea is south and west of Corinth. In mythology the great Nemean Lion lived near here and was killed by Hercules. Nemea is also noted today for its wine made from the Agiorgitiko grape.
The most visible ruin is the Temple of Zeus, built 340-320 BCE.
Detail of the above.
One of the puzzles of this temple is the underground chamber at the west end. Steps (on the right) lead down. No one is quite sure what it was used for. No record exists of an oracle at this site, for instance.
Another view, with my students.
Another unusual aspect of this site is that you can walk inside the temple. That is almost never allowed.
A photo of a photo showing the temple.
Outside the temple are a number of other ruins including houses and baths.
A small museum is on site.
Execvations are continuing under UC Berkeley. Check out their extensive website at their Nemea Center.
The precise detail work of ancient artifacts is always impressive to me.
Nemea was one of the four main sites for games. This is the tunnel for athletes into the stadium area.
And the stadium itself. Quite muddy the day we were there.