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When did the Olympics start?

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The Ancient Olympic Games began in Greece in 776 BCE, but the Roman Emperor Theodosius I put a stop to them in 393 CE. The modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece, in 1896.

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The original Olympic Games were a religious and athletic festival that took place every four years at the shrine to Zeus in Olympia, Greece. After Theodosius I put a stop to the "pagan" Olympics, the competitions lay dormant for many years, though educated people still knew of them. The Renaissance brought an upsurge of interest in the activities of the ancient Greeks. This interest culminated in Pierre de Coubertin's successful efforts to restart a consistent Olympic Games in the late 19th century.

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    What is the difference between ancient Olympics and modern Olympics?

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    There are a number of differences between the ancient Olympic Games and modern Olympic Games, such as the fact that the ancient Olympics were held in Olympia while the first modern Olympics were held in Greece. During the modern Olympics, many events like skiing and bobsledding occur during a separate Olympic Games that occur during the winter. During the ancient Olympics, only warm-weather events took place.

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    Why did the Olympics start?

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    According to historical records, the original ancient Olympic Games began as a dedication to the Olympian gods and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia. The origins of the Olympic Games can be traced to as far back as 776 B.C.

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    How long are the Olympics?

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    The modern summer and winter Olympic Games stretch across 16 or 17 consecutive days of competition. The summer games generally feature more countries competing in more events, because countries with a lack of cold weather often do not participate in the winter games.

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    How long have the Olympics been going on?

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    The modern Olympic Games began in 1896, while the ancient Olympic Games were played between 776 B.C. and 393 A.D. The ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles, according to legend. The games were abolished by Roman emperor, Theodosius I, due to perceived Pagan influences.

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