What role did sports play in ancient greece?

weather it be in shaping the ideas and society-culture of ancient greece.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sports was an important part of ancient Greek daily life. Most Greek cities had a public gymnasium (that's where we got that word) where people gather to train and relax. Most men and boys played sports everyday because they enjoyed them and they wanted to keep fit. Sport was a good preparation for war. The Greek army had to be fit to march long distances and carry heavy equipment.

    The Greeks had four national sports festivals. The most important was the Olympics, held in honor of Zeus. The Greek city of Olympia was an important center of athletics. The Olympic games were held there every four years, and were so important that in Greek life that they were used as the basis for the Greek calender.

    Three of the events in the Olympics were boxing,weightlifting, and the pentathalon. The pentathalon included discus throwing,javelin throwing, wrestling, running and the long-jump. One event from back then is considered to dangerous to be included in today's Olympics, the chariot race.

    The Olympics began with a sacrifice to Zeus,because the games were religious, anyone who was caught cheating during the games was never allowed to compete again, cheating was considered disrespectful to the Gods.

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  • 5 years ago

    The ancient Greeks were huge sports fans. Every four years, the Olympic Games were held in the stadium at Olympia. The best athletes in Greece competed in different events that were a part of religious life. The games began with a sacrifice to the god Zeus. Because the games were religious, anyone who was caught cheating during the games was never allowed to compete again because cheating was considered disrespectful to the gods.

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  • 5 years ago

    Sports in ancient Greek was a form of interaction and was used to foster relationship between the different unit of the empire and external units. it was a way of Greeks showing the strenght and and courage of their military to other groups be it Spartans and Athens (rival internal group) or to other colonies outside the empire.

    Source(s): Fashola-Oba Ashi
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  • 4 years ago

    you are all wrong

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