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The first Olympic games can be traced back to 776 B.C., they were dedicated to the Olympian Gods and were staged on the ancient plains of Olympia.  They continued for nearly 12 centuries until Emperor Theodosius decreeded in 393 A.D. that all such pagan cults be banned. The Olympic games were closely linked to the religious festivals of the cult of Zeus.

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