Greece

Gortyn, Island of Crete
This stadium was discovered accidentally during a research near the gymnasium. Currently about two thirds of the stadium track is planted with fruit trees that follow the outlines of the ruin.
The dimensions of the stadium are: length – 375 metres and width – 50 metres. During the Roman Empire one of its ends became semicircular, typical for Roman circuses.
More information about the stadium of Gortyn can be found here.

Nicopolis, Epirus
The town of Nicopolis was founded by Augustus to honour his victory over Mark Antony. At this place he began conducting war games. This is clear from the form of the circus-hippodrome. The rounded corners are typical for horse and quadriga races. 
Today the outlines of the stadium can be seen. Its dimensions are: length – 215 m, width – 20 m.

Delphi
The Ancient stadium in Delphi is the prototype of the stadium in Plovdiv. It is part of the sanctuary of Apollo. It is situated on the highest place, northwest of the theatre. The stadium was built in the 5th century BC. The games in honour of the Pythia and Apollo were held there. Its main axis is northeast-southwest. The track has a length of 178 m and its width is 25.50 m. At the eastern end are the remains of four large pillars, which supported the three arches forming the grand entrance for the players. On the middle two pillars there were niches for statues. Specially shaped marble slabs marked the starting line (aphesis) located a few metres from the grand entrance. The west end is semicircular (sfendona) created for easy change of direction of the movement of the players. Along the stadium there are stone seats, arranged in 12 rows at the north end, while at the south end along the natural slope the rows are 6, placed on the stone structure. On the north side there are special places (proedrium) for judges and important spectators. The facility could accommodate about 7000 spectators.The stadium in Delphi is very well preserved and is one of the landmarks of this place.

Epidaurus
The stadium of Epidaurus is a part of a sanctuary dedicated to Apollo. The ruins of Asclepeion were found at this place – a medical complex dedicated to Asclepius. Most of the buildings are dated back to the 5th and 4th century BC, although there is evidence for earlier constructions from the Mycenaean period and later constructions made by the Romans.
It is assumed that the stadium was built in the 4th century BC. Competitions dedicated to Asclepius were held there. The stadium has a rectangular shape. The track is 180 meters long and around 22 meters wide. The natural slope of the ground is used for the arrangement of the seats. Today the track and a part of the seats can be seen.





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