Do you have a favorite sport? An athlete you admire? The ancient Greeks organized sports to prepare them to be soldiers and excel at war.


  • In ancient Greece, athletics  emerged as “a way of communicating that brings a great sense of connection between people.” It allowed individuals to elevate their position in society, train for combat, represent their city-state, and earn respect among their peers.

    Watch this video to better understand the role of athletics in ancient Greece, and how the lingering “agony of defeat” is a Classic concept.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    ancient Greece Noun

    loosely united civilization founded on and around the Peloponnese peninsula, lasting from about the 8th century BCE to about 200 BCE.

    athlete Noun

    person who participates or competes in sporting events.

    Olympics Noun

    international sports competition divided into summer and winter games held every four years.