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Mans Creation Cannot Last Forever In about 450 BC the city of Olympia -- where the first Olympic games were held in 776 BC -- built a temple to honor the god Zeus Many considered the Doric-style temple too simple so a lavish 40-foot statue of Zeus was commissioned for the inside Wealthy Greeks decided to move the statue to a palace in Constantinople present-day Istanbul Turkey Their effort prolonged its life as fire later devastated the Olympia temple However the new location couldnt keep Zeus eternally safe a severe fire destroyed the statue in AD 462 All that remains in Olympia are the temples fallen columns and the foundation of the building It is peculiar that the amazing creations of man cannot last forever the same idea can be observed by comparing the setting plot and irony in the poems The Ruin and Ozymandias By examining the setting of both poems one can perceive the idea that man-made inventions cannot last forever The setting of The Ruin is in an old Roman city where the wielders wrights once built a huge city intending it to last forever but now all that remains are Broken blocks 41 People of the Roman city thought that their mighty kingdom well built walls bright buildings and mead halls would last forever but there is a force called wierds that does not allows mans creations to exist forever In the same manner the setting of Ozymandias is also related to the theme that mans creations cannot last forever The setting concerns an ancient Egyptian desert where Ozymandias once created his huge statue artifact thinking that it would last forever However the only object that remains consists of Two vast and trunk less legs of stone 2 Ozymandias created his huge statue to show the world how much power he had without understanding the destructive power of time nature Even the most powerful kingdoms and the best-built cities
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