National Geographic : 1940 Mar
00 PICKED ATHLETES OF GREEK YOUTH MASS IN THE RESTORED ATHENS STADIUM, READYTO ENJOY THEIR "AGONIES" Pheidippides, bringing to Athens the news of the Greek victory over the Persians at Marathon, dropped dead after shouting, "Rejoice, we conquer !"The original Marathon run in 490 B.C. was agony to him. The Greek word agdnia, from which "agony" comes, now means "contest." When theancient stadium, first provided with marble seats by Herodes Atticus, was restored for the modern revival of the Olympic Games in 1896, the Marathon winner was ayoung Greek.