The Statue of Zeus at Olympia FarazVirani
Location • Peloponnesus (Modern Greece) • Built ~ 432 BC • It no longer stands today www.daviddarling.info
Purpose • Phidias sculpted the structure • It was built to honor Zeus, the master of the gods and to symbolize the Olympic Games that unified all the Greek city-states. • It was used to honor Zeus at the Olympia temple where the games were held as well.
Uniqueness • It was struck by lightning the day after completion and had an interior. • It took 12 years to complete the project. • Ivory, gold, wood, were used to make the monument • A technique called chryselephantine helped attach ivory and gold sections onto a wooden frame.
Ancient Foresight • The Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials could be good parallels to the Statue of Zeus. • This was one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World.
Bibliography • http://unmuseum.mus.pa.us/ztemp.htm students.cis.uab.edu