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Zeus Paper The Temple of Zeus at Olympia The Temple of Zeus at Olympia was one of the most splendid displays of craftsmanship in the ancient world In all areas of art and architecture it surpassed the expectations held for ancient ability Not only was the temple monumental in size but also the detailed carvings on the temple were exquisite The temple was also located in a most unique place Olympia the site of the Ancient Olympic Games which only adds to its grandeur Through a careful examination of these things we will see that the ancient Greeks had amazing skill and dedication to create such a wonder and also how this temple surpassed any that had been built in Greece up to that time The Temple is thought to have been built between 470 and 450 BC Archaeologists and historians did not simply arrive at this conclusion writings from this time tell us of a gold shield on top of the temple a gift from Sparta This shield was an offering of thanks for a victory in 457BC so we know that at least the outside must have been complete by this time It was constructed mainly out of limestone however marble was also used for the roof tiles and statues The limestone that was used was covered with stucco made mostly of marble dust The temples size was one of the most amazing features it was 70 yards 64m long The columns of the temple were Doric the most simplistic style There were six columns along the ends and 13 counting the corners twice on either side While the columns were somewhat simple the dcor was not The east and west pediments are excellent examples of this The West Pediment describes a scene from the wedding of Peirithoos It is a symbolic battle between men and centaurs The East Pediment shows Pelops and King Oinomaos making ready for
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