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Budget Cuts May Force Closure of Nemea

Monday, September 30, 2013

Nemea Stadion Greece(Michael F. Mehnert)NEMEA, GREECE—Budget cuts threaten Nemea, one of four cities where the Greeks held games in antiquity. At the site’s stadium and track, which is located next to the 2,300-year-old Temple of Zeus, games have been held every four years since 1996. “The idea is that anyone can feel like an ancient Greek athlete for ten minutes,” said Stephen G. Miller, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He lives near the site, where he began digging in the 1970s. But seven members of the site’s ten-member staff have not had their contracts renewed, and the site will close if the staff members lose their court challenge next month. “It’s sad for me that it’s come to this. There should be people crawling all over this place,” Miller added.