According to the myth, Eubatos from Kyrene trusted so much the answer from an oracle, which promised him his victory as a sprinter, that in 408 B.C. he carried at once all alone his statue to Olympia, which was unique in history of ancient sport.
This in itself is not surprising, but Grossschmidt
There are several hundreds of Latin inscriptions which record the production of games (in the sense of “Shows” or “Spectacles”) outside Rome by local magistrates, priests and private benefactors. This material is the subject of this dissertation
In the twenty-first century, anyone interested in the Olympics possesses infinitely more resources: inscriptions, archaeological sites, and vase paintings not known to Mercurialis, Faber, and West, who concerned themselves primarily with compiling the literary evidence.
The ancient link between medicine and sport is said to be best examplified in Galen (130-201 AD). His writings on the value of exercise and hygiene are often taken to be the first scientific works of this kind.
The Greeks were the first peoples to approach sports not merely as an aspect of cult or a preparation for warfare but as ends in themselves, activities engaged in for intrinsic as well as extrinsic motives.
How much, if any, authority or inspiration for this modern Olympic invention could be drawn from ancient Greek Olympic precedent?
The Ancient Greek sports are remarkable in human history and instructive to those interested in promoting athletics due to their recorded longevity of more than a millennium, their high levels of participation amongst the people of the time, and the great degree of enthusiasm clearly demonstrated for these sports through period artwork and through remunerations for victorious athletes.
Roman gladiatorial games had significance far beyond that of mere spectacle and were more than savage and brutal entertainment for depraved emperors and bloodthirsty crowds