Summer Olympic Games – Athens 2004 SI

Summer Olympic Games – Athens 2004

Born long time ago, some authors say even 4,000 years B.C., the legend says that the Olympic Games appeared in the fifteenth century B.C. when Heracles, son of Zeus and Alcmena, stopped in Olympia for a race with his four brothers. Although controversies still exist, archeological findings and writings settle the debut of the Olympic Games in 776 B.C., according to the first writing that states the name of the first Olympic champion, Korebos, cook and merchant.

The Olympic truce was settled in the same year, between two kings of the ancient Greece, in order to make possible the celebration of the Games dedicated to Zeus. Citizens of other citizenship than Greek could not attend the games. The purpose of the truce was to stop any army confrontation during the Olympic Games. War rules were replaced with fair-play and war enemies became game contestants.

Under Zeus’ statue scrutiny, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, representatives of all ancient Greek citadels – shepherds and savants, merchants and kings – raced at running, jumping, spear and disco ball throwing, fights and horse racing. In the sacred stadium from Olympia, several legendary persons honoured their citadels. Thus, Philip, King of Macedonia, Alexander the Great’s father and maestros like Pythagoras, who was a fighting champion, Plato, poets and writers such as Sophocles and Euripides, distinguished themselves in these games. 

After the fourth century A.D., the Olympic Games were forbidden. Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympic Games, revived the event in 1894. The first modern edition of the Olympic Games took place in Athens and has been organized ever since, once every four years, except for the two world wars period. After a long history of Olympic Games, the Greek event returned to its native land in 2004.

On the occasion of the 2004 summer edition of the Olympic Games, Romfilatelia, the specialized company in issuing and trading philatelic items in Romania, releases the philatelic issue “SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES – ATHENS 2004”. The issue is composed of four postage stamps and four different labels, designed in sheet of four blocks of 15 pieces per sheet with one different label, positioning at the edge of each block. The stamps reproduce images of several sport disciplines held during this edition. 

Technical Details

Issue Date: 20.08.2004
Designer: M. Vamasescu
Process: Tiefdruck
Colours: 5
Size: Stamp size: 27 x 42 mm, Block size: 130 x 190 mm
Values: ROL 7,000; 12,000; 21,000; 31,000 +9000L