Women dressed as vestal virgins acted as guardians of the flame during the lighting ceremony. The torch, specially made for the lighting ceremony, was used to transfer the flame to the archaic pot which was taken via an ancient pathway to the site of the first Olympic Games.
GREECE CHANNEL | Summer Olympics 2004. After 108 years of waiting, and with 28 centuries of Olympic history coursing through the nation, the Olympic Games triumphantly returned to Athens, Greece. Athenians welcomed the world back to the birthplace of the ancient and modern Olympic Games with a stunningly ornate, extravagant and breathtaking ceremony filled with myth, music and majesty.