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Statue Of Zeus

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Transcript of Statue Of Zeus

Statue Of Zeus at Olympia
Olympic Games
To honour the king of gods, Zeus
peace treaties were set up and safe passage guarantied to participate

Unified Greece

Brought people close together

Right Hand
Left Hand
Maintenance of the Statue of Zeus
Phidias being accuse for stealing the gold for the state of Athens

But there’s no evidence to support for the accusation.

They claimed that Phidias carved his image into the sculpture found on the Parthenon

Which Improper to the to the Greek’s eyes.

Phidias were thrown to jail but he died while waiting for his trial.

Temple of Zeus
456 BC : Built Temple of Zeus designed by Lebon of Elis.

Problem: Its too plain to be worthy of Zeus
Olympic Games
what happened to the statue?

The Olympics were abolished in 392 A.D and the temple of Zeus was ordered closed by Emperor Theodosius I of Rome.

In the early 4th century A.D, Emperor Constantine ordered that all gold to be stripped from any pagan shrines, including the Statue of Zeus at Olympia.

Later on, Olympia faced several natural disasters such as earthquake, landslide and flood that damaged the statue but it was repaired.

In the 5th century A.D, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia was destroyed by fire.


- A Greek art collector named Lausus moved the statue to city of Constantinople. It became part of his private collection.

- The statue was still in its original place in the Olympic Temple when it burned down.

Sculptor's Background
Statue's Maintenance
What happened to Phidias
What happened to the Statue of Zeus

Weather in Olympia: damp, therefore it require care due to humid condition. So the Ivory would not crack.

To maintain the statue in a good shape:

Olive oil being use for maintenance. Olive oil being kept in special reservoir in the floor of the temple.

This helps to Illuminate the statue.

Maintenance were handle by Phidias descendents.

What Happen to Phidias?
The Sculptor
Phidias, Athenian Sculptor.

Son of Charmides

Greatest ancient Greek Sculptor

Instigator of the classical style of 5th and 4th centuries BC.

490 – 430 BC.

Gained fame from two enormous Chryselephantine sculptures.

Statue of Athena in Parthenon and Statue of Zeus in Olympia.

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