The Olympics began two and a half thousand years ago in ancient Greece. In those days Greece was made up by several different states including Athens Sparta and Corinth and they were often at war but when the games were on they held a truce. These great event was held at a place Olympia and these is why the games are called Olympics. They were held once every 4 years by the honour of Zeus Lord of all the Gods. Eventually the games were abolished by the Roman Emperor Theodosius the third who was a christian and didn't like the games because they were dedicated to a pagan God. But the Olympics will always remember the symbol of human achievement and peace.