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This Byzantine emperor put an end to eleven centuries of Olympic tradition. In 393 AD he abolished the games that had gone on for no fewer than 286 Olympiads.During all those years, or rather eleven centuries, Olympia had remained the centre for the games of antiquity.After that, the site was abandoned to Alaric's hordes. All the treasures were pillaged and dispersed, leaving only the buildings. Theodosius II, the first Theodosius' grandson, then ordered the buildings to be razed to the ground. This was only partly done, but spates of the river and two earthquakes in the sixth century did the rest.Today nothing remains of the site of Olympia but a few fallen ruins.
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