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Among the horses, those in the foal category run a distance of 6 stadia, while those in the adult category run 12 stadia; chariots with a pair of foals travel three times around the circuit and those with adult horses eight times; chariots with four foals complete a total of eight circuits, while those with four adult horses complete 12 circuits." (Tabula Heroniana II, Fol.
27f.) To date, it had been assumed that nothing of the hippodrome had survived, as the area described by Pausanias to the east of the sanctuary of Olympia has been flooded by the Alfeios River since ancient times and has become covered with silt.
When it is put into motion, the eagle flies up, so that it is visible for the spectators, and the dolphin falls to the ground.
(13) The first cables to fall down are those on both sides of the column of Agnaptos and the horses in these positions leave first.
In modern plans and descriptions it is usually stated quite simply that "nothing remains of the hippodrome due to flooding in medieval times." This served as an additional incentive for the German researchers: Using modern geophysical methods, they systematically searched the area for the first time.