The massive gold statue of the king of the Greek gods was built in honor of the original Olympic games, which began in the ancient city of Olympia.The statue, completed by the classical sculptor Phidias around 432 B.C., sat on a jewel-encrusted wooden throne inside a temple overlooking the city. The 40-foot-tall (12-meter-tall) figure held a scepter in one hand and a small statue of the goddess of victory, Nike, in the other—both made from ivory and precious metals
Zeus: God van de donder. Zeus is de koning van de goden. Hij is ook de heerser op de berg Olympus, en de god van de hemel en onweer. Hij is de jongste zoon van de titanen Cronus en Rhea, en is getrouwd met Hera. De symbolen van Zeus zijn: de bliksemschicht, de adelaar, de stier en de eik.
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was made by the Greek sculptor Phidias around 432 BC. The seated statue, some 12 meters (43 feet) tall, was so large that “if Zeus were to stand up he would hit the roof of the temple it was housed in”.
The throne of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia was 22 feet wide and made from cedarwood, inlaid with precious stones. Zeus himself was made from a wooden frame that was covered with pieces of ivory and bronze. The god’s skin was polished ivory, his hair, beard, robes, and sandals gold. In his right hand he held a life-size statue of Nike, the goddess of victory, while in his left was an eagle-headed scepter.