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The Lost Sport of Olympia
Has the greatest sport of all time been forgotten for almost 2000 years?
The Ancient Game Keepers
In August of 1953, a series of tremors shook the Greek island of Kefalonia, revealing an ancient stone chamber for less than a single day.
The Omphalos Code
Imagine you’re wandering the countryside of Ancient Greece. Would you be able to find your way home?
The Secret Artifact
This is the most difficult story I’ve ever had to tell. I’ve waited 30 years to tell it.
AKA The Confession. This podcast is not directly available through Eli's podcast page and does not include a quiz. It was found via the dotsub library as well as an email sent to players
The Labyrinth
I believe the story of the Cretan labyrinth has been misunderstood for centuries.
The Lost Theory of Pangaea
What if another civilization had predicted tectonic theory, more than two thousand years before us, without even knowing that the world was round?
The Lost Rings
The 1920 tax records for the city of Antwerp might not seem like the most exciting place to begin a story about a priceless work of art, but history is a science of details.
The Story of the Lost Rings
My path has taken an unexpected turn, and our time together grows short. But I know that with all of you, the new agonothetai, our secret traditions will live on. I'm Eli Hunt, and this has been the legend of The Lost Ring.

(The Podcasts section also includes quizzes to test knowledge of Eli's lectures, and general surveys about the Ancient Olympics.)

[edit] Biography

  • Eli Hunt's Biography:
Some people call me an amateur historian. Others call me an adventurer. I see myself as an investigator.

What do I investigate? Ancient Olympic mysteries.


I grew up in the city of York. My father was a professor of archaeology, my mum was a professor of history. When I was 10 years old, they took me on an "educational holiday" — to the ruins at Ancient Olympia.

Most of the tourists were paying attention to the best preserved parts — the Temple of Zeus, the palaestra colonnade, the entrance to the stadium. I was more interested in the piles of rubble, the places no one was looking.

My parents didn't even notice I had left their side. It was two hours before they found me digging through the dirt. They were quite mad at me for running off — until I showed them what I'd found — a tiny bronze statue.

I turned the statue in to the archaeological museum, and their researchers later authenticated it as a lost work of Pheidias, the greatest of all ancient Greek sculptors. The researchers were thrilled, my parents were proud as could be, and the media dubbed me a young hero of history.

I've been an avid fan and researcher of the Ancient Olympics ever since.

In recent years, I've become especially interested in the "lost history" of the Olympics — the stories that most experts dismiss as urban legends, without even bothering to look for evidence. I ask the questions that most historians and archaeologists have never even tried to answer.

In the past few years, I've spent a small fortune traveling the world, following up on the leads that everyone else wants to ignore.

My first book chronicling these investigations, The Lost Olympics: Forgotten Mysteries and Urban Legends from Ancient Greece, will be published in late 2008.

In the meanwhile, I'm pleased to share some of the stories with you on this site, through my new podcast series "The Lost Olympics."

Contact me

I'm always looking for new leads on mysterious artifacts and strange discoveries.

And if you have your own theories about Ancient Olympic history, I'd love to hear them.

Email me:

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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question, email me at thelostgames(at) I'll update this page weekly with new replies.
Q: Why are you so interested in Ancient Olympic history?
A: The ancient games are over 2000 years old, which is more than enough time for the most fascinating secrets you could ever imagine to rust and disappear. Indeed, my research has revealed an ancient culture of sport and competition that is far more mysterious than most people realize. Perhaps I would study something else if I could but the Ancient Olympic traditions are shrouded in enough myth and rumor to keep an amateur historian like myself busy for a thousand lifetimes.

Q: Do you have any upcoming public lectures planned?
A: I keep my public appearances to a minimum so that I can concentrate on my work. At least, that's what I tell my publisher. To be honest, a few nasty run-ins with die-hard conspiracy theorists have made me a bit of a recluse. I still love to give a good academic talk when invited. But I try to avoid sharing my schedule with the public.

Q: What do you think was the greatest archaeological find of the past 100 years?
A: Many historians would say Tutankhamen's tomb, or Machu Picchu, or the Dead Sea Scrolls. Indeed, these are all amazing discoveries that have completely changed our understanding of the ancient world.

But I have a hunch that in the past century, a far more important artifact has been uncovered but not yet fully understood. Its true value and meaning is still unknown, but I am hoping that new evidence will reveal the object's true significance.

Q: Are you a good athlete? Did you ever try out for an Olympic team?
A: I'm an Olympic-caliber spelunker and rubble-searcher. Unfortunately, they aren't giving medals out in those sports yet.

Q: How do I find the lost ring?
A: For the last time, I have no idea what you're talking about.

[edit] Interesting links

Ancient Olympic History:
The official website of the Olympic Movement has a massive amount of information on the games, both ancient and modern.
A clean and simple history of the Games, courtesy of Dr. Stephen Instone and the BBC.
An intriguing - and thought-provoking - account of the Games.

Ancient Olympic Sports:
Follow the ancient five-day festival with this interactive chronicle.
A .PDF of the Extant Odes of Pindar, a description of ancient sports from one of the era's most prominent poets.
See a progression of Olympic-inspired art from the classical period.

Ancient Greek Archaeology:
Information on Ancient Greece straight from the source - the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.
This rich catalog of artifacts and writings from the ancient world is second to none.
Another collection of Ancient Greece links, including excellent sections on museum exhibits and specific excavations and surveys.

Ancient Agonothetai:
Brings some great insights into the lives and duties of the Agonothetai and Hellanodikai.
Another good overview of the ancient Olympic judges.

[edit] Other Content

[edit] Thinkers of the ancient age

Quotes that appear on the "Thinkers of the ancient age" flash component in the sidebar:

  • It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows - Epictetus 55 - 135 AD
  • Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilites - Aristotle 384 - 322 BC
  • Time is the wisest of things because it finds out everything - Thales 624 - 546 BC
  • Even a god cannot change the past - Agathon - c.445 BC
  • There was never a genis without a tincture of insanity - Aristotle 384 - 322 BC
  • You can't keep a secret forever. What fun is that ? - Author Unknown
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