Index: Athletes & Events

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  • Ancient Heraean Games

    The Heraean Games were a series of festivals held in honor of the Greek goddess Hera. Only women were allowed to compete in these games.

  • Ancient Isthmian Games

    The ancient Isthmian Games were a series of athletic festivals held in honor of Poseidon, the Greek mythological deity of the sea.

  • Ancient Nemean Games

    The Nemean Games were a series of festivals that included even more events than the Olympic Games. Legends claim it was founded by Heracles.

  • Ancient Olympic Games

    The ancient Olympic Games were athletic festivals held to honor Zeus. The stadion sprint was the only event originally, with additions later on.

  • Ancient Panathenaic Games

    Athens’ ancient Panathenaic Games featured a variety of artistic, athletic, and equestrian events – more than any of the other Greek festivals.

  • Ancient Pythian Games

    The Greek Pythian Games were held in honor of Apollo. They featured the same sports as the Olympic Games in addition to musical contests.

  • Historical Fighters and Wrestlers

    Health and Fitness History’s list of the most notable historical combat athletes, including figures like Diagoras of Rhodes and Egyptian Horus.

  • Historical Runners

    Health and Fitness History’s list of the most historical runners, including the legend behind the marathon race, Pheidippides.

  • Historical Strongmen and Weightlifters

    Health and Fitness History’s list of the most historical strongmen and weightlifters, including Milo of Croton and Theagenes of Thasos.

  • Panhellenic Games

    The Panhellenic Games is a collective term for the four primary festivals in ancient Greece; the Olympic, Pythian, Isthmian, and Nemean Games.