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Pyramids of EgyptHanging Garden of BabylonStatue of Zeus
Temple of Artemis at EphesusMausoleum of Halicarnassus
Colossus of RhodesPharos of Alexandria

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia

    The 12-m (40-ft) Statue of Zeus (mid-5th century BC) by the Greek sculptor Phidias was the central feature of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, Greece.

    The Statue of Zeus (circa 450 BC) was a 9-m (30-ft) portrayal of Zeus seated on a throne. Plated with gold and ivory, it was crafted by Phidias, a Greek sculptor. The statue was placed in the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, Greece.

    It was erected in Olympia, in the Peloponnesus of Greece, by the great lptor Phidias in the 5th century BC.

    The seated figure of Zeus was over forty feet high ( 12 meters) and dominated most of the interior of the temple. Zeus was the most powerful of the gods, and many of the participants of the olympics paid homage to him before the games. The statue construction began in 440 B.C. by the sculptor, Pheidias.

    The project was finally completed around the years 450 B.C. It was constructed because the Greeks felt the temple was too plain. The huge statue of Zeus took up almost the entire interior of the temple. Made entirely of ivory and gold, The Statue of Zeus was covered with symbols of victory and conquest. The statue may have been the most magnificent of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    In the year 391 A.D. the temple in Olympia, about 150 miles west of Athens, where the statue stood had a very bad year. Earthquakes, landslides, and floods destroyed the temple. The only remaining part of the temple are the ruins and the foundation of the structure. Earlier, however, Zeus was transported to a palace in Constantinople, now Istanbul, by wealthy Greek men where it was eventually destroyed by a fire near the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 462 A.D.

Pyramids of EgyptHanging Garden of BabylonStatue of Zeus
Temple of Artemis at EphesusMausoleum of Halicarnassus
Colossus of RhodesPharos of Alexandria






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