Analysis of Sport Symbols and Signs in Ancient Legends: From National Myths to Global Myths

Azadeh Mehrpouyan, Milad Karamoozian, Masha Allah Merzahosseiny


Sport symbols and tools are investigated through a comparison of myths from two different cultures in two remote regions in the world. This descriptive-analytical study aims to examine some symbols and signs of Ancient Greek-Roman-Persian mythology in sport games and tools. This study attempts to identify shared themes, characteristics and the relationships between different myths to trace the development of cultures. This research proposes common origins for the myths from Ancient Persian and European cultures, and to support psychology theory and Semiotic history. The paper reports the similarities between Ancient Persian and old European mythologies to argue that those mythologies have a common source in spite of its different geographical regions. Mixing these sport symbols with myths indicates legends achieve to the power of signs. This mixing and fusion concept in sports competitions may represent in athletes to achieve myths’ worth. Also, the results show that sport symbols and signs as well as hero myths follow the same underlying pattern and emerged as national symbols and myths but remain as global ones even in contemporary era.


Sport, Symbol, Sign, Myth, Legend.

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