How did ancient Greeks punish Olympian athletes who cheated?
December 1, 2016
In ancient Olympia an athlete caught cheating was fined and the money was used to erect a bronze statue of Zeus. At the base of the statue an inscription was carved with the athletes name and the nature of their crime. This was an ultimate punishment as we must not forget that all Greeks competed for an Olive wreath and fame.
These sculptures were called Zanes (plural of the name Zeus) and were strategically positioned along the monumental entrance to the stadium. Competing athletes had to pass these sculptures before entering the tunnel as a reminder and a warning.
Nowadays in Olympia we can see 16 bases of these sculptures.