In this paper, the sacred, crown prized, and thematic games performed in Helladic and Roman periods of Anatolia; together with the sports venues like agoras, gymnasiums, palaestras, stadiums, hippodromes, in which these games are played, and the attachments of these places like baths, loutron, eliothesium and konisterum have been examined in detail. Since the beginnings of 5th century B.C. it is known that the athletic games were organized in order to bring peace to the city-states, to satisfy the spirit of the heroes and to develop intimacy with the gods in Hellenistic period. The effects of Hellenic colonization spread to west Anatolia with their social life features and their beliefs was seen on athletic games that are organized in Ancient Anatolia within the PanHellenic understanding. The samples of the sporting venues, which are constructed to use in training of cities’ youth and in athletic games and some of which are fallen into ruins due to earthquakes, floods and wars while some others reached today, are found in the ancient sites like Assos, Miletos, Priene, Pergamon, Aspendos, Perge and Ephesos in Anatolia.
Ancient Anatolian Civilizations, Ancient Sports Organizations, Physical Education and Sports, Sports