Fun Fact 2 The sculptor who made the Statue of Zeus at Olympia was Greek
and he was known as Phidias. He is recognized as one of the greatest
sculptors of Ancient Greece.
Fun Fact 3: The finished sculpture was very big. Despite the figure of
Zeus at Olympia being seated, the statue still measured around 13 meters
Fun Fact 4: The statue was built in the Temple of Zeus at Olympia in
Greece in representation of the Greek God.
Fun Fact 5: In Greek mythology, Zeus was the God of the sky, thunder,
lighting, law, justice and order. He is known as the 'Father of Gods and
men' who ruled the Olympians.
Fun Fact 6: The beautiful statue was created from a wooden frame covered
with gold, ivory, ebony and gem stones.
Fun Fact 7: The Statue of Zeus at Olympia depicted the Greek God sitting
on his throne.
Fun Fact 8: The Statue of Zeus at Olympia no longer exists; it is
believed that the sculpture was destroyed during the 5th century AD.
Fun Fact 9: The only details we have regarding the Statue of Zeus at
Olympia derive from engravings on coins and descriptions dating back to
the time of ancient Greece.
Fun Fact 10: The statue was located in the Temple of Zeus. The temple
was built during Ancient Greek times between the years of 472 and 456
BC. The temple was a dedication to the God of the Sky, Zeus.
Fun Fact 11: How long did it take to complete the statue of Zeus? It is
believed to have taken Greek sculptor Phidias around twelve years in
total to complete the sculpture. It was created in his workshop which
was located at Olympia.
Fun Fact 12: The head of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia was sculptured
wearing an olive wreath. In Greek, an olive wreath is known as 'kotinos'.
During the ancient Olympic Games, an olive wreath would be presented to
Fun Fact 13: In the right hand of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia sits
Nike; who, in Greek Mythology, is the goddess of Victory and a close
friend of Zeus.
Fun Fact 14: The left hand of the Statue of Zeus holds a sceptre which
is a long, decorated stick carried by a king as a symbol of power. An
eagle is perched on the top of Zeusí sceptre.
Fun Fact 15: The statue was a fantastic creation which has since become
one of the Ancient Wonders. Zeus' robe and sandal were made from gold
and his clothing was carved with images of lilies and animals.