Objective. To demonstrate thematic and ideological interpenetration of sport and drama in ancient Greece using some ancient tragedies as an example.
Methods. Analysis and generalization of literary sources reflecting the development of ancient Greek society.
Results. Carried out studies demonstrate that sport development was directly associated with religious ceremonials, which have transformed into theatrical performances.
Conclusion. Addressing ancient heritage is indicative of cultic, organizational and political peculiarities common for theatrical and sporting performances.