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Upon finally arriving at Olympia, the truly distinguished spectators—ambassadors and officials—avoided the hordes and stayed at an inn called the Leonidaion, a large squarish building with an open interior courtyard (the remains of the building’s foundation are shown). A philanthropist named Leonidas of Naxos built the inn in the fourth century B.C. Everyone else headed for the altis, or sacred precinct of Zeus, with aristocrats setting up elaborate tents, equipped with marble tiles and mosaic floors, and the poor throwing down their bedding wherever they could, turning the site into a kind of sprawling refugee camp.