|（1.School of Physical Education，Jiangxi Normal University，Nanchang 330027，China；2.Sports School in Jiangxi Province，Nanchang 330006，China）
Abstract: “Homer's Epic” is the important work in the development of civilization of ancient Greece and even the entire western world. The Homer era is the historical origin of civilization of ancient Greece, and a historical period depicted and reflected in Homer’s Epic to the utmost. In Homer’s Epic we can find why ancient Grecians love competitive sports so much: competitive sports can bring ultimate honors to heroes. By dissecting heroic characters in Homer’s Epic, we find that competitive sports can cultivate people’s honorable braveness and smart braveness. Sports competition ideology contained in Homer’s Epic is an endless source for us to explore the sports ideology of ancient Greece.
Key words: Homer's Epic；the Homer era；competitive sports；heroic competition；ancient Greece