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.

ancient Greece

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


person who participates or competes in sporting events.


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