The Peloponnese played an important role in ancient Greece and included many city-states with great history and mythology. In Percy Jackson, a team visits four cities in the Peloponnese to collect the ingredients for 'The Physician's Cure'.
The Peloponnese, also called Peloponnesus, is the peninsula to the southwest of central Greece and Athens.
While many cities in this region were bustling metropolises during ancient Greece, they are much quieter in modern times, so they are nice places to visit to escape the hustle and bustle of Athens and the islands.
In The Blood of Olympus, the fifth book of the second series, The Heroes of Olympus, Percy, Annabeth, and five other demigods visit four cities in this region to gain information and gather ingredients for the “Physician’s Cure,” a potion that can supposedly bring someone back to life.
They need this potion in order to defeat Gaea, the earth goddess attempting to take over the world.
The archeological site of Olympia - Photo Credit: Rachel Logan
Olympia is probably the most famous of the ancient cities in the Peloponnese region. It is the birthplace of the Olympic games, which, according to mythology, were founded by King Pelops, whom the region is named after. Each Olympics still begins with a flame being lit in Olympia!
In ancient times, athletes from all over the Greek lands would travel to Olympia to take part in events that would bestow honor and rewards onto the winners.
During this time, there would be a period of truce between the different city-states so that athletes could safely reach their destination.
Olympian Stadium - Photo Credit: Rachel Logan
If only Percy had such a truce when he visited Olympia! In “The Blood of Olympus,” Percy Jackson and his companions battle Nike. A challenge is issued when they claim that Adidas shoes are superior to Nike shoes!
A fight then breaks out, and the companions manage to abduct Nike and take her back to their ship.
Visitors to Ancient Olympia today can visit several different temples, see where the athletes trained and lived, and even take part in a running race on a track that is thousands of years old. Role-playing battles between the kids in the arena are optional!