Athletes' Stories

Like their modern counterparts, ancient athletes had a way of capturing the public's imagination. Several ancient authors such as Pindar, Pausanias, Strabo, and Dio Chrysostom record the noteworthy exploits of some of the best-known Olympic victors of ancient times.

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Tondo: seated youth, upper half.
Photograph by Maria Daniels, courtesy of The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Click below to begin reading about some of the more famous ancient Olympic victors.

Begin reading Athletes' Stories

Click on any of the names to read about that particular athlete:

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