#AtoZChallenge: “Z” is for ZEUS

32 Comments#AtoZChallenge 2014, History, Travel, Writing/Blogging

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Here it is! The LAST DAY of the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge! We made it!! Please, gives yourselves a hand.


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Day 26: April 30

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).

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Home of the 12 Deities, ruled by Zeus. Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and the second highest mountain in the Balkans. It is located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia.
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The largest Temple of Zeus was built at Ancient Olympia:

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Artist’s Rendition. The Temple of Zeus at Ancient Olympia, built between 472 and 456 BC.
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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.

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It took archaeologists eight years to reconstruct one pillar.

Temple of Zeus

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:

painting of Zeus

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!

temple of olympian zeus, athens

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.

Best Regards,


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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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32 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: “Z” is for ZEUS

  1. Historical tours make me a bit emotional…these ruins seems like trying to tell us a story… don’t they? It was really nice you took us along with you to different places during A-Z journey…I enjoyed it… Congratulations on the completion of the challenge…

    1. Yes, I feel the history of these places too, getting lost in the past and envisioning how things were back then. Glad you enjoyed the series and congratulations to you as well. Cheers! 🙂

  2. Hey Debbie, congrats on finishing the A-Z! Whew, we did it! What a cool experience. I feel like I have to keep posting and coming up with decent posts. The momentum this challenge created was great but there’s no way I can post every day, I don’t think. Nor do I think I can come up with interesting things to say every day without some kind of prompt. So what’s our next challenge?? It was great getting to know you and I’ve enjoyed reading about your travels and hearing all your stories! And I’m glad to have found The Den! 🙂 Happy posting…

    1. I’m glad we connected too, Michele. 🙂 This challenge was pretty gruelling and I can’t imagine blogging on a daily basis either. My strategy for next time will be shorter, less complicated (in terms of formatting) posts. LOL I’m taking things easy at the moment and not thinking about new challenges. Plus, it’s spring and there’s a ton of yardwork to do. Cheers!

    1. Greece is chock full of ancient wonders and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in history. Cheers! 🙂

    1. Yup; Zeus was a dirty old man, underneath it all! 😀 Thanks for visiting Joyce and congratulations on completing the challenge.

  3. Congratulations on making it all the way through A to Z – I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts, and am now ready more than ever to travel the world! 🙂

    1. Thanks Laurel and congrats to you also! 🙂 I enjoyed your alphabetical Zentangles and wish you much success in that pursuit.

  4. Hi Debbie,
    A fitting tribute to the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year.It was my first at this challenge and I enjoyed it thoroughly.Lovely post and hoping to keep in touch.
    Best Wishes.Shail

    1. It was my first attempt as well and I hope to be better organized, next time. Thanks for visiting and congratulations on completing the challenge. 🙂

  5. Zeus – a fitting end to your powerspful, colorful, entertaining posts. I have loved revisiting some of your favorite places. Hugs and toasts and well-done, my friend!

    1. Thanks and hugs to you too, Sammy. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed your posts also and will definitely check out more of them in future. Cheers!

  6. I enjoyed traveling with you all month, Debbie! Congrats finishing the challenge. It’s been fun connecting with everyone.

    I love Greek mythology. Interesting to read about Zeus and the structures built in his honour.

  7. What an accomplishment Debbie, congratulations on completing the challenge lady!

    I missed some of the entries while I was offline but I’m definitely going back to check them out. I just love the pictures you share!

    Greece is the place that’s on my bucket list. I would love to visit and take in all that history while standing in the midst of it, you know?

    So, what’s your next challenge ;)! Happy Wednesday!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the series, Corina. No big challenge planned at the moment – this one wore me out! LOL Thanks for dropping by.

  8. Congratulations Debbie for completing the challenge and taking us to so many lovely places in the world! This is a wonderful post to end the challenge with, some great pictures there! Hope to see you around often in the blogging world 🙂

  9. So sad that not much is left of the original. I enjoyed reading all about it and seeing your pictures. Very cool. Congratulations on completing the A-Z Challenge! ♥

    1. Yes, all things Zeus really took a beating over the centuries. Such a shame, but at least the archaeologists can determine how things used to be. Congratulations to you too and thanks for visiting. 🙂

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