Under Roman Emperor Theodosius I, the ancient Olympic Games were banned.
But 1,500 years later (1896.), thanks to a French noble, Pierre, baron
de Coubertin, the ﬁrst modern Olympics began on 6 April. They included
the marathon, following the route taken by Greek soldier Pheidippides in
490 BC bringing news of victory over the Persians. Fittingly, the ﬁrst
Olympic marathon was won by a Greek, named Spyridon Louis.