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Adam Haviaras
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A Mercenary... A Spartan Princess... And Olympic Glory...

Like the Olympic Games?

Check out Heart of Fire: A Novel of the Ancient Olympics to experience the agony and the ecstasy of ancient athletic competition!

http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/books/heart-of-fire-a-novel-of-the-ancient-olympics/

#olympics   #ancientgreece   #athletics   #ancienthistory   #olympicgames   #historicalfantasy   #mythology   #greekmythology  
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Chariot Racing in the Ancient Olympics - The World of Heart of Fire - Part VII

In this seventh part of The World of Heart of Fire, we look at chariot racing in the ancient Olympics, from its mythical foundation to the historical games.

Read all about it here: http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/the-world-of-heart-of-fire-part-vii-from-legend-to-life-chariot-racing-in-the-ancient-olympics/

#greekmythology #athletics #olympics #olympics2016 #rio2016 #ancientolympics #horses #chariot #pelops #hippodameia #olympia #heartoffire #newrelease #bookstagram #blogseries #ancientgreece #greece #ancienthistory #ancientruins 
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The Krypte at Ancient Olympia

The Krypte is the tunnel leading into the stadium of Olympia. The athletes would have processed down this tunnel and into the stadium where most of the athletic competitions took place...

The 2016 Olympic Games start today! Good luck to all the competitors as they take part in this ancient Olympic tradition.

Heart of Fire: A Novel of the Ancient Olympics, is now available on Amazon, Apple iTunes/iBooks, and Kobo!: http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/books/heart-of-fire-a-novel-of-the-ancient-olympics/

#training #ancientolympics #ancientolympia #olympics #olympics2016 #rio2016 #olympicgames #archaeology #ancienthistory #ancientgreece #greece #travel #ancientruins #heartoffire #newrelease #bookstagram #ibooks #amazon #kobo #athletics #athletes #stadium #krypte #greekmythology #ancientreligion 
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The Pelopion of Ancient Olympia

This was the hero shrine to Pelops who won the legendary chariot race for the hand of Hippodameia which is one of the foundation myths of the Olympic Games.

Still more videos to come, so stay tuned!

Heart of Fire: A Novel of the Ancient Olympics, is now available on Amazon, Apple iTunes/iBooks, and Kobo!: http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/books/heart-of-fire-a-novel-of-the-ancient-olympics/

#training #ancientolympics #ancientolympia #olympics #olympics2016 #rio2016 #olympicgames #archaeology #ancienthistory #ancientgreece #greece #travel #ancientruins #heartoffire #newrelease #bookstagram #ibooks #amazon #kobo #zeus #chariot #pelops #mythology #greekmythology #ancientreligion 
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The Temple of Zeus at Ancient Olympia

Here I'm standing in front of the Temple of Zeus, the ruins of which are massive. This is the temple that contained the famous chryselephantine statue of Olympian Zeus, created by the sculptor Pheidias.

Some of the most famous statue groups in Ancient Greece were a part of this temple, and they can be seen to this day in the archaeological museum of ancient Olympia.

Years ago I was able to walk through the temple itself, but it has now been cordoned off, so we could not enter the temple to film.

However, it is still a very impressive site!

Heart of Fire: A Novel of the Ancient Olympics, is now available on Amazon, Apple iTunes/iBooks, and Kobo!: http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/books/heart-of-fire-a-novel-of-the-ancient-olympics/

#training #ancientolympics #ancientolympia #olympics #olympics2016 #rio2016 #olympicgames #archaeology #ancienthistory #ancientgreece #greece #travel #ancientruins #heartoffire #newrelease #bookstagram #ibooks #amazon #kobo #zeus #apollo #pelops #mythology #greekmythology #ancientreligion 
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What was it like to be an Olympic victor in Ancient Greece?

Find out in Part IX of The World of Heart of Fire!

http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/the-world-of-heart-of-fire-part-ix-achieving-immortality-to-be-an-olympic-victor-in-the-ancient-world/
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Saying Goodbye to Ancient Olympia

This is the conclusion to my video series touring the site of Ancient Olympia.

It was a very long, hot day of filming, and I was exhausted by the end, but being there again, after finishing the book, really brought the site to life for me. I hope I have given you a sense of ancient Olympia in the process.

A fuller, complete video will be out in the coming weeks. To make sure you don't miss it, be sure to sign up for the Eagles and Dragons Newsletter at www.eaglesanddragonspublishing.com (and you get a FREE BOOK for signing up!)

To find out more about the ancient Olympics, be sure to read the ten-part blog series on every aspect of the ancient Olympics, starting with Part I here:
http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/the-world-of-heart-of-fire-part-i-ancient-origins-the-mythological-beginnings-of-the-olympic-games/

Heart of Fire: A Novel of the Ancient Olympics, is now available on Amazon, Apple iTunes/iBooks, and Kobo!: http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/books/heart-of-fire-a-novel-of-the-ancient-olympics/

#training #ancientolympics #ancientolympia #olympics #olympics2016 #rio2016 #olympicgames #archaeology #ancienthistory #ancientgreece #greece #travel #ancientruins #heartoffire #newrelease #bookstagram #ibooks #amazon #kobo #athletics #athletes #stadium #krypte #greekmythology #ancientreligion #bookvideo 
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The Stadium of Ancient Olympia

In this video we look at the stadium of ancient Olympia which sits in the shadow of the Hill of Cronos.

Our word 'stadium' is actually derived from the ancient Greek word 'stade' which, in the case of ancient Olympia, was a distance of about 200 meters.

Heart of Fire: A Novel of the Ancient Olympics, is now available on Amazon, Apple iTunes/iBooks, and Kobo!: http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/books/heart-of-fire-a-novel-of-the-ancient-olympics/

#training #ancientolympics #ancientolympia #olympics #olympics2016 #rio2016 #olympicgames #archaeology #ancienthistory #ancientgreece #greece #travel #ancientruins #heartoffire #newrelease #bookstagram #ibooks #amazon #kobo #athletics #athletes #stadium #krypte #greekmythology #ancientreligion 
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The Temple of Hera at Ancient Olympia

In this video I talk about what is, to me, the most beautiful ruin at Olympia, and also a spot that figures largely in Heart of Fire.

Watch the video to find out about some amazing objects that were held within the temple itself...

Heart of Fire: A Novel of the Ancient Olympics, is now available on Amazon, Apple iTunes/iBooks, and Kobo!: http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/books/heart-of-fire-a-novel-of-the-ancient-olympics/

#training #ancientolympics #ancientolympia #olympics #olympics2016 #rio2016 #olympicgames #archaeology #ancienthistory #ancientgreece #greece #travel #ancientruins #heartoffire #newrelease #bookstagram #ibooks #amazon #kobo #hera #pelops #hippodameia #greekmythology #ancientreligion 
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The Great Altar of Zeus at Ancient Olympia

In this video, I talk about the unassuming mound behind me that was once the Great Altar of Zeus in the middle of the Altis of ancient Olympia.

Watch the video to hear about one of the biggest religious ceremonies of the ancient Olympic Games...

Heart of Fire: A Novel of the Ancient Olympics, is now available on Amazon, Apple iTunes/iBooks, and Kobo!: http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/books/heart-of-fire-a-novel-of-the-ancient-olympics/

#training #ancientolympics #ancientolympia #olympics #olympics2016 #rio2016 #olympicgames #archaeology #ancienthistory #ancientgreece #greece #travel #ancientruins #heartoffire #newrelease #bookstagram #ibooks #amazon #kobo #zeus #hecatomb #mythology #greekmythology #ancientreligion 
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The Altis - The Beating Heart of Ancient Olympia

In this video, I'm standing in the middle of the Altis of ancient Olympia, the religious heart of the sanctuary which includes the temples of Zeus and Hera, the shrine of the hero, Pelops, and the Great Altar of Zeus.

We'll look at each of these in the next videos.

Heart of Fire: A Novel of the Ancient Olympics, is now available on Amazon, Apple iTunes/iBooks, and Kobo!: http://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/books/heart-of-fire-a-novel-of-the-ancient-olympics/

#training #ancientolympics #ancientolympia #olympics #olympics2016 #rio2016 #olympicgames #archaeology #ancienthistory #ancientgreece #greece #travel #ancientruins #heartoffire #newrelease #bookstagram #ibooks #amazon #kobo #zeus #hera #pelops #mythology #greekmythology #ancientreligion 
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Author of historical fantasy/fiction set in the Roman Empire and ancient Greece. writingthepastblog.blogspot.com - Tweet me @AdamHaviaras
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I am a writer of historical fiction/fantasy with Eagles and Dragons Publishing, trained as an historian and archaeologist. 

For as long as I can remember I have loved the past, stories of ancient peoples and places. Places are portals to the past and so I like nothing more than walking the ground of an ancient site, taking in the details and facts and then letting my imagination take over. 

One day I came to the realization that it would be a great thing to combine two of my favourite things, history and creative writing, to make the past accessible, thought provoking and above all, entertaining. I have studied ancient and medieval history and archaeology, and creative writing since 1991 and obtained an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto, and a Masters from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. My studies have focussed on ancient and medieval warfare with a very special interest in Arthurian studies.

I'm always interested in connecting with other history lovers, readers, writers and anyone who loves to create art. 

So, drop me a comment or stop by my blog to connect around the virtual hearth fire.

Cheers!


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I am married with 2 kids and I've been lucky enough to travel a fair bit and get some inspiration from ancient sites all over the UK, Europe and North Africa.
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  • St. Andrews University, Scotland
    M.Litt. Dark Age Studies, 1999 - 2001
  • University of Toronto
    Honours B.A. Medieval History and Celtic Studies, 1994 - 1998
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Adam Alexander Haviaras