A Modern Discus Thrower also know as Contemporary Discobolus Sculpture can be found at The Olympic Games were first held in the year 776 B.C. In July of every fourth year men came together from all over the Greek world to participate in the athletic contests. Although there was great rivalry and intense competition among the athletes and their sponsoring city-states, the sacred games established a spirit of friendship and unity. Before the opening of each festival a sacred truce was called; throughout the land fighting ceased. The games continued at Olympia until their abolishment by the Emperor Theodosius in 394 A.D., more than one thousand years after they had been established. In 1896 the tradition was resumed. The participating nations felt that it was appropriate that the revival should take place in Greece where the games first took place. The great stadium in Athens was modernized for the event and a contemporary statue of a discus thrower by Dimitriades was placed directly facing the stadium. Throwing of the discus had been, as it is today, one of the five events of the original pentathlon. A Modern Discobolus was inspired by that of Dimitriades to reaffirm the ancient Greek belief that the body of man is glorious, as is his spirit.