The Nemean Games

We announce that, after the elections that took place on Sunday, January 15, 2023, during the General Assembly of the Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games, yesterday, Thursday January 26, 2023, the nine (9) members who received the most votes held a meeting and moved on to the formation of the new governing body.

The new Board of Directors consists of the following members:

President: Kyriakos Spyridon
Vice-President: Nakis Ioannis
General Secretary: Fenerlis Nikolaos
Treasurer 1st :  Flessas Ioannis
Treasurer 2nd : Zachos Petros
Member: Gatsinos Aggelos
Member: Donas Michalis
Member: Zois Dimitris
Member: Nikitakos Georgios

The President                                 The General Secretary  
Kyriakos Spyridon                          Fenerlis Nikolaos

The full documentary is now available.

Eighth Modern Nemead (Nemean Games 2024)

If you would like to participate in the Eightt Modern Nemead (Nemean Games 2024), and in a revival of the Olympic Spirit.

The Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games

“It is our belief that the modern Olympic Games, despite their obvious success in many respects, have become increasingly removed from the average person. Our goal is the participation, on the sacred ancient earth of Greece, of anyone and everyone, in games that will revive the spirit of the Olympics. We will achieve this by reliving authentic ancient athletic customs in the ancient stadium of Nemea.”

Statement of the Purpose of the Society, December 30, 1994
Statement of the Purpose of the Society

The Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games is a movement born from nearly 40 years of excavation by the University of California at Berkeley in the panhellenic Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, Greece, and from the enthusiasm and dedication of local residents of Nemea who feel that they could make an important contribution to today’s world because of their personal ties to Nemea.

It was at Nemea that the ancient Greeks celebrated athletic and religious festivals that were part of the cycle of games at Delphi, Isthmia, and (best known today) Olympia. It was at one of these four sites that, for a brief period each year, wars and hostilities were suspended by a sacred truce, and all Greeks gathered in recognition of their common humanity. This impulse toward peace – albeit limited to a few days each year – was the first in the history of mankind on an organized, regular, and international scale. Thus, the festivals at Nemea, Olympia, Delphi, and Isthmia are the direct ancestors of today’s United Nations and Olympic movement. The ancient stadium discovered at Nemea is, therefore, an important monument in the history of such institutions.

The Olympic movement has become an ever more important and complex international event, and a symbol of the nobler aspirations of our human race. But it has also become increasingly removed from those who are not extraordinarily athletically gifted. The average person, inspired by the ancient lessons of peace and hopeful of participation in the movement finds even the role of spectator difficult to fulfill at the modern Olympics.

The Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games believes that there is scope for the average person to participate in such an international athletic festival where no records will be kept and no medals awarded. Races will be organized by gender and age, and participants will be rewarded only by bare feet sore from contact with the same stones and the same soil where ancient feet ran more than 2,300 years ago.

The Seventh Nemead took place on June 24 – 26, 2022.

The Eighth Nemead will take place on June 28-30, 2024.

For more details about the organization and significance of the games, see ANCIENT BASIS; for a living image of the games, see STEP INTO HISTORY; to participate, see RUN.

Young (Ancient) Greek Athlete mounts steps of the Temple of Zeus, 330 B.C.