Statue of Theodosius II

Statue of Theodosius II Ancient Places and/or Civilizations Social Studies Visual Arts

Image of a marble bust of Theodosius II.  Maintained by the Louvre Museum, Paris.

Emperor Theodosius I ended the Ancient Olympic Games, in 393 A.D., when he closed all ancient pagan sanctuaries and banned all associated games.  

His successor, Theodosius II (pictured here), had the temples demolished in 426.

Thereafter, earthquakes and floods buried the ancient remains at Olympia until they were rediscovered, around 1776, by Richard Chandler (a British antiquarian) and uncovered by German archaeologists (beginning around 1829).

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