Research has yielded that the Ancient Olympics meant much for the civilization of the Meidterranean at the time and secured their unique place in world history.
There is some controversy over whether the organizers of the Ancient Olympics deliberately sought to omit the people of lower ranks in the society from the list of entrants in the Games.
Still, the Games were so much a part of the legacy of the region that it was sorely missed when it appeared that christian emperor Theodosious I decided that they should be stopped in 393 AD. Later, in 426 AD, Theodosious II ordered that the buildings in Olympia, home to the Ancient Olympics, be destroyed.
Modern Olympic Movement
While many credit de Coubertin with the establishment of the Modern Olympic Movement it is clear that there were others who had the same idea and who certainly contributed to its creation.