King Elides was the creator of the Ancient Olympian games. His intention was to check the plague epidemic sweeping his kingdom and do away with the wars. He also believed he could calm the anger of the Gods. The games managed to survive their creator, became very popular, and sporting events were organized every four years for more than 11 centuries, until the Roman Emperor of Byzantium, Theodosius I, suppressed all competitions. That was in 393 AD. 1500 years were to pass before the idea of recreating the Olympics games was formulated by French educator and thinker, Pierre de Coubertin. The first Modern Olympics was held in 1896 in Athens. Greece thus remained the birthplace of the Olympic movement.