CULTURE

A digital journey to Olympia

Nowadays, culture can avail itself of technology’s services. Thanks to novel media, monuments are maintained, priceless archives go digital and ancient finds are recorded. New technology also plays a leading role in the digital reconstruction of monuments and cities that no longer exist. No doubt, the lucky spectators who attended the shot-put competition at Olympia’s ancient stadium last week witnessed something unique. But for anyone wishing to take a journey into Ancient Olympia’s glorious past, all it takes is a new DVD ROM, «Olympic Routes.» The idea was conceived by Panayiotis Kyriakoulakos, one of the three producers behind the DVD (Post Reality, Finatec and Audiovisual). The project was supported by the European Union’s Media Desk. «Olympic Routes» (currently available at local video clubs at 24.90 euros) focuses on five themes: daily life during the Olympic Games, games at the stadium, races in the arena and the hippodrome, a history of the ancient Games and a tour of the site, digitally reconstructed. The DVD ROM includes photographs, video shoots and commentaries in Greek, English or German. The DVD, which is also accompanied by a 12-minute documentary, is now heading abroad. Its first stop is China, where it has already a found a local distributor.