The games were held every four years, or olympiad, which became a unit of time in historical chronologies.
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Olympia, "the Olympics") were a series of athletic competitions among representatives of city-states and one of the Panhellenic Games of Ancient Greece.
They were held in honor of Zeus, and the Greeks gave them a mythological origin.
The first Olympics is traditionally dated to 776 BC.
They continued to be celebrated when Greece came under Roman rule, until the emperor Theodosius I suppressed them in 393 AD as part of the campaign to impose Christianity as the State religion of Rome.
Politicians would announce political alliances at the games, and in times of war, priests would offer sacrifices to the gods for victory.
The games were also used to help spread Hellenistic culture throughout the Mediterranean.
The Olympics also featured religious celebrations and artistic competitions.
The statue of Zeus at Olympia was counted as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Sculptors and poets would congregate each olympiad to display their works of art to would-be patrons.