7 Untold Facts About The Statue of Zeus at Olympia - Facts Did You Know?

7 Untold Facts About the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was made by a stone carver named Phidias. It took him 12 years, from 430 to 422 BC, to finish the statue. Zeus was viewed as the lord of the Greek divine beings and this brilliant statue was made to respect him. It was put in the Temple at Olympia, an altar to Zeus where Olympic Games occurred like clockwork. The statue was devastated by flame in the fifth century A.D.



Facts About The Statue of Zeus at Olympia



1.   The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was essentially made of cedar wood secured with ivory and gold and was finished with valuable metals and stones, wood and ivory.  


2.   The statue was harmed by a tremor(earthquake) in 170 BC but it was repaired.  


3.   There is a staff with a bird eagle at its highest point. A staff like this is conveyed by a ruler as a symbol of power.  


4.   The Olympic Games were held like every year of appreciation for Zeus. 


unknown Facts About The Statue of Zeus at Olympia5.   The extent of the Statue of Zeus was large to the point that if Zeus stood up he would have put his head through the top of the temple.  



6.   As per Greek legend, when Phidias finished the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the sanctuary was struck by lightning because of Phidias' request of a blessing. 







7.   The statue was devastated by fire in the fifth century.  





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