May 28, 2022

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7 Sports of Ancient Greece

The ancient Greeks, who staged the first Olympic Games back in 776 B.C., gave the world the idea of organized big-time sports events as entertainment for arenas full of spectators. More than that, they were the first culture in which people idolized their favorite athletic superstars, to a level that even today’s most fanatical sports fans might find extreme.

“The Greeks believed that athletes had special powers,” explains David Lunt, an associate professor of history at Southern Utah University who is an expert on ancient Greek athletics and author of The Crown Games of Ancient Greece: Archaeology, Athletes and Heroes. “They commissioned poems to be sung about them, and they told stories about statues of athletes that could heal people.”