Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Wonders of the Ancient World

From The Greek Reporter:

The Temple to Zeus at ancient Olympia was built in 466–456 BC; the colossal statue of Zeus was created in 435 BC by the Greek master sculptor Phidias. Zeus was the god of the sky and thunder in ancient Greek religion, who ruled as king of all the gods on Mount Olympus. This statue was a chryselephantine sculpture of ivory plates and gold panels atop a wooden framework. Zeus sat on a painted cedarwood throne ornamented with ebony, ivory, gold and precious stones. The priceless statue was lost and destroyed by unknown individuals during the 5th century AD; the only way we can know how it looked are from ancient Greek descriptions and representations on coins. (Read more.)


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