The Olympics began over 2 and a half thousand years ago in athens Greece. In those days Greece was made up of several different stats including Athens, Sparta and Corinth and they were often at war with either but when the game were on they held a truce. This great event was held a place called alipay and this is why the games are cold they Olympia. They were held once every 4 years in honour of Zeus lord of all the gods. Eventually the Ancient Olympics were abolished by the Roman empire Theodosius the first who was a Christian and didn't like the games Because they were dedicated to a pagan god. But the Olympics were always remembered as a symbol of human achievement and peace.