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Pillars of the Great Temple of Zeus

Pillars of the Great Temple of Zeus Ancient Places and/or Civilizations Archeological Wonders Philosophy

After the ancient Olympics were no-longer held, and the buildings were destroyed either by man or by nature, many of the ruins were covered with flood debris in the 6th century A.D.

Those floods, from two nearby rivers, were major events. Mud, covering the site, was more than 21 feet (7 meters) deep.

As the centuries passed, and more of Olympia's buildings turned-into ruins, people forgot about the once-great place and all its glories.

But ... not everyone failed to think about what Olympia had once been.  And ... not forever were Olympia's ruins doomed to an underground existence.

Around the time that young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart returned to Salzburg, from a successful European tour with his family, an Englishman known as Richard Chandler rediscovered Olympia.  By 1829, German archaeologists were excavating Olympia and uncovering its once-awesome buildings.

This image depicts ruins of the pillars which once adorned the great temple of Zeus, at Olympia. Scholars believe the flood-produced mud, which once covered the pillars, helped to preserve what is left of the ancient building.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 09, 2016

Updated Last Revision: Dec 10, 2016


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