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The Statue of Zeus at Olympia

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Did you know that the Statue of Zeus at Olympia is one of the 7 ancient and original wonders of the world. This impressive sculpture held great significance in Greece - check out our quick facts on our fact file to find out why.

Fun Fact 1 The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was created many years ago; approximately 435AD. It has since become one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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 tall.

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 the winner.

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.

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