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When Did The Olympic Games Start?

The first Olympic Games were organized in 776 BC in the Greek city of Olympia. In ancient times these competitions were held to honour the gods, mainly Zeus, the 'father of Gods and men'. The ancient Greeks measured time in terms of Olympiads, which were four years between the Olympic games. 

The statue of an ancient discus thrower

Around AD 400, the Roman emperor Theodosius I banned the Olympic Games as part of a series of reforms against pagan practices. The modern Olympic Games started in 1896 with many more disciplines. The games were not held in 1916, 1940, and 1944 due to the World Wars.