What year did the ancient Olympics begin and where?

Olympos was the home of the greatest of the Greek gods and goddesses. The ancient Olympic Games began in the year 776 BC, when Koroibos, a cook from the nearby city of Elis, won the stadion race, a foot race 600 feet long. The stadion track at Olympia is shown here.

Why did the ancient Olympics come to an end?

Emperor Theodosius I, was a Christian, who called for a ban on all “pagan” festivals, ending the ancient Olympic tradition for nearly 12 centuries. With the rise of Rome, the Olympics declined, and also he wanted to suppress paganism in the Roman Empire so abolished the ancient Olympic Games.

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