This is an artist's impression of Ancient Olympia.
This is where the Ancient Olympics took place. Every four years, or an Olympiad, the whole area would come to Olympia to celebrate the Olympics in honor of the god, Zeus. People competed in various "sports" that included five city-states competing. Do you ever wonder why the Olympics stopped for such a long time? Theodosius ended the games in 394 AD because he wanted to convert the national religion in Greece to Christianity. Christianity did not include worshipping the gods, so they stopped doing the Olympics because of that. Between the games, no one lived in Olympia because Olympia was a sacred place and no one could live there unless it was Olympics time. There were five main cities, or polis that chose different competitors to compete against the other cities that came to Olympia every Olimpiad, or every four years. A victorious athlete from the city brought great pride and honor to the city when they returned from the Olympics. Each city-state had a different personality, and the next few pages will tell about each one.