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How Did Ancient Greeks Manage To Win the Most Olympic Awards? Stimulating Music to
Play to Sportspersons – The Main Secret of the Spartans
Discovering the previously unknown objective laws of the modern world, each of us
tends to inevitably face the curious fact that all new is well forgotten old, although
with some variations adapted to the social needs of our reality. For example, very
few people know that music was actively used in the athletic life of the Ancient
In the last few years the idea of using music to play and perform better at sports
and athletics has become more prominent. It is used in types of sports that seem
to be absolutely incompatible with music. These include but are not limited to, wrestling,
boxing, rowing, track and field, weightlifting, volleyball, and basketball.
It has been scientifically proven that by using music to play to sportspersons it
is possible to significantly improve the overall mood and increase the endurance
of athletes, as well as raise the level of muscular strength, speed and dexterity;
thus increasing the general productivity and effectiveness of such training.
Many seem to think that use of music in such "non-musical" kinds of sports is highly
novel and unconventional. But things that today seem novel and unconventional to
us, already existed in the remote past and were considered to be natural and indispensable.
For example, let’s have a look at ancient athletics.
One of the first countries of the Ancient world that passed law on use of music to
play to athletes and sportspersons within its own state, was Sparta.
Falet, Cretan wise man, sorcerer, musician and a poet, brought various motets to
Sparta and these harmonious melodies were used during many gymnastic exercises, wrestling
and fisticuffs (fist fights).
Some of the various tunes of music to play to the athletes were able to put athletes
into a state of trance. They can be described as peculiar specific song-dances performed
by the naked athletes in special schools during physical exercises in a unified group
rhythm, controlled by music.
Mass introduction of music into the physical training of ancient Sparta prior to
any other states, most likely has had a huge impact on the fact that Spartan athletes
won the most Olympic awards in the VII century B.C.
According to the lists of victors of the Olympic Games, - that reached our time,
- the advantage of Spartans was overwhelming and incontestable. Following the successful
example of Sparta, other states started to apply "musical" sports training that become
more and more popular.
In the middle of the VII century B.C. a new form of sports songs that honoured the
winners of national sport competitions emerged.
Starting from the VI century B.C. the music to play for development of musical stimulation
of athletics was a big decision for Pythagoras’ followers.
Pythagoras, who in addition to all his numerous merits, was also the victor of the
Olympic Games in wrestling and fist fighting. He promoted the wide application of
music in physical education on a scientific-theoretical basis in every way possible.
It was his students who contributed to the work of musical stimulation of human activity
and scientifically proved the theoretical positions that practical application considerably
increased the efficiency of applied musical influences.
Active work on stimulation of wrestling training to music was conducted by well-known
Pythagoras’ associate, Milo of Croton; the singer, philosopher, scientist and most
outstanding, wrestler of antiquity. Milo was a six time Olympic victor during 540-516
BC, and also repeatedly won many victories in the most important athletic festivals
of ancient Greece. His athletic achievements are unique. After Milo's career, the
world apparently produced no other athletes as well renowned.
Being an active member of a Pythagorean society, Milo of Croton used himself as an
example to show the advantage of using music to play during sports training.