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Any violation of the Olympic Truce was punishable by a substantial fine to Olympian Zeus. The 5th century historian Thucydides gives us details of such an instance:

In 420 BC the Spartans engaged in a military maneuver in the territory of Elis during the Truce, using 1000 hoplites. As a result, and according to law, the Spartans were fined 200 drachmai per hoplite, a total of 200,000 drachmai. The Spartans refused to pay the penalty, claiming that their maneuver had been completed before the Olympic Truce was officially announced. As a result, the Spartans’ participation in the Olympic Games that year was prohibited.