Here it is! The LAST DAY of the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge! We made it!! Please, gives yourselves a hand.
ZEUS, in Greek Mythology is the God of the Sky and Thunder; the ruler of the twelve deities residing on Mount Olympus. (The Romans called him Jupiter).
The largest Temple of Zeus was built at Ancient Olympia:
It was ordered destroyed by emperor Theodosius II in 426 AD. Subsequent earthquakes devastated the ruins and they were partially buried. Excavations began in 1875 and are still ongoing.
It took archaeologists eight years to reconstruct one pillar.
Also long gone is the famous statue of Zeus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) that was inside this temple. It was approximately 13 m (43 ft) high and was made by the sculptor Phidias, in his workshop on the site at Olympia. He took about twelve years to complete it. A painting of it hangs in the Olympia Museum:
Another temple, known as the “Temple of Olympian Zeus” was completed at Athens in the 2nd century AD, but pillaged by Barbarians a century later. It was right across the street from our hotel and we had a great rooftop view. Sadly, there’s not much left!
Are you interested in Greek Mythology?
Looking forward to your comments!
As this challenge comes to an end, I want to thank you all for taking the time to visit, follow and comment on The Den. Thanks especially for your patience with the complications, (hopefully better now)!
It’s been a great pleasure, meeting so many talented writers and reading your interesting and informative articles. I fully intend to keep up with many of you and look forward to future interactions.
— Debbie Doglady (@DebbieDoglady) May 2, 2014