An­cient cup re­turned

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

AN AN­CIENT Greek cup awarded as a prize to the marathon win­ner in the first mod­ern Olympics of 1896 has been re­turned to Athens from a Ger­man univer­sity.

Greece’s Cul­ture Min­istry said the 6th cen­tury BC pot­tery ves­sel was con­sid­ered lost for decades un­til found at the Univer­sity of Muen­ster in 2014.

A min­istry state­ment said it was proved “be­yond any doubt” that the dou­ble-han­dled wine cup painted with an­cient run­ners was the one given to Spiros Louis, the Greek marathon vic­tor in the 1896 race.

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