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Last edited at 1:52PM on 7/18/2012
The Olympics were games fought between the Greek city states, Ancient Greece, something like 776 to the latter part of the 4th century A.D. That's a thousand years, folks. They were brought back in the latter part of the 19th century, at which time the nations of the World became the participants.
Every ancient Greek city-state had athletes, and the athletes would go to Olympia. The Olympic Games were held in honor of the Greek god, Zeus. There was an opening ceremony held at the Temple of Zeus. Only male participants were allowed. The Olympic Games started back in Ancient Greece, before the Romans and before the Medieval Period.
Olympia - I went there several years ago while vacationing in Greece.. It is quite a simple spot where the first Olympics were held, not anything like the elaborate stadiums of today. The men performed naked. margiecherry
The Olympic games originally started in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece.The Olympics started in Ancient Greece for men to show off their skills.It seems that it started in 776 BC,however Its recorded history spans more than a millennium—from 776 BC to AD 392.
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Last edited at 12:07PM on 7/26/2012
All of the previous answers are correct, but the modern Olympics haven't been uninterrupted .In the ancient Olympics supposedly wars stopped for the competition. The modern games started in 1896 as stated, but no games were held in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to World Wars. Boycotts also occurred in '80 & '84.