• What do you know about the phrase “a healthy mind in a healthy body”?

• Everyone was allowed to participate in the athletic games, including slaves and barbarians, but attendance was strictly forbidden to women. Kallipateira was the first woman in antiquity to step inside the arena to participate in the ancient Olympic Games.

• There were no team sports in the ancient Olympic Games.

• The Olympic Games are one of the oldest surviving institutions in the world.


• In ancient Greece, sports were a part of man’s broader education to develop spiritual, mental, and physical virtues. What else were young men being taught at the time?

• Can you compare the ancient Olympic Games with the modern ones? List the differences that you can identify, as well as the similarities.


• One of the virtues of the athletes in antiquity was the moral courage and bravery they displayed in order to achieve high performance. In our time, what do we have to say about the athletes of the Paralympic Games?

• How does it help people with disabilities to be included in sporting events?

• In today’s world, there are athletes/role models who stand out both for their performance and for their morals and values. One of the most famous athletes of the 20th century was the boxer Muhammad Ali, who, apart from his athletic abilities, became known for his beauty. He was the embodiment of benevolence and a role model athlete for the African American community during the civil rights movement in America.

→ Can you mention and discuss similar contemporary role models in class?