The Olympics began 1 to 2 thousand years ago in Ancient Greece. In those days Greece was made up of several different states including Athens, Sparta and Corinth and they were often at war with each other. When the games were on they held a truce. This great event was held at a place called Olympia this is why they call it the Olympics. They were held every 4 years in Honour of Zeus lord of all the gods. Eventually the ancient Olympics were abolished by the Roman Emperor Theodosus the first he was a Christian and didn't like the games because they were dedicated to a Pagan god. The Olympics is remembered as a symbol of human achievement and peace.