|TITLE: Olympieum or Temple of Jupiter Olympus, CALL NUMBER: LOT 7738 |
SUMMARY: Southeast view of Olympieum (Temple of Olympian Zeus) with men standing and sitting at tables before the ruins. MEDIUM: 1 photographic print : albumen. CREATED, PUBLISHED: [between 1850 and 1880]
NOTES: In album: Athens, Egypt, Rhine, Switzerland, Tyrol, Salzburg, opposite p. 7. SUBJECTS: Archaeological sites--Greece--Athens--1850-1880. Temples--Greece--Athens--1850-1880.
FORMAT: Albumen prints 1850-1880. DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3c08916 hdl.loc.gov/cph.3c08916 CARD #: 94513388
Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-108916]
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|A fanciful reconstruction of Phidias' statue of Zeus, in an engraving made by Philippe Galle in 1572, from a drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck.|
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was one of the classical Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was carved by the famed Classical sculptor Phidias (5th century BC) circa 432 BC in Olympia, Greece
The seated statue occupied the whole width of the aisle of the temple that was built to house it, and was 40 feet (12 meters) tall. "It seems that if Zeus were to stand up," the geographer Strabo noted early in the 1st century BC, "he would unroof the temple." Zeus was a chryselephantine sculpture, made of ivory and accented with gold plating. In the sculpture, he was seated on a magnificent throne of cedarwood, inlaid with ivory, gold, ebony, and precious stones. In Zeus' right hand there was a small statue of Nike, the goddess of victory, and in his left hand, a shining sceptre on which an eagle perched. Plutarch, in his Life of the Roman general Aemilius Paulus, records that the victor over Macedon “was moved to his soul, as if he had beheld the god in person,” while the Greek orator Dio Chrysostom wrote that a single glimpse of the statue would make a man forget his earthly troubles.
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