Being Greek meant two things: playing sports and going to the Olympic games, which was a fundamental mark of their culture.
Reaching Olympia was a humongous task as it involved a long journey covering the hostile territory. An Olympic truce in which people from enemy countries were allowed to pass through was effective though still filled with looming danger.
Theagenes of Thasos was one of the most praised athletes in antiquity. He won the 76th Olympiad in 476BC.
Born to a priest of the temple of Herakles, this giant of a man competed in ancient Games across the Mediterranean and won over 1,400 times. The people of Thasos believed Theagenes was the offspring of the god himself and erected a statue in his honour.
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