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Student Stories on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - Statue of Zeus - An Ancient World Wonder Marissa Sealey

The statue of Zeus was built to honor the chief god of the Greeks. Built around 460 B.C.E., it was lost and destroyed during the 5th century with no copy of it ever being found. Details of its form are known only from ancient Greek descriptions and representations on coins that were made at the time.

Zeus became master of the universe because of how powerful he was. He caused rain, drought, good weather and bad weather. He commanded tempests and created storms, and nobody dared to challenge his fearful thunderbolts.

The statue of Zeus was built in Olympia. Maybe Zeus thought it was created to help celebrate his charm and greatness.

The reason why Zeus became a chief god is because he kept everything on Mount Olympus sacred. His statue was put right in the middle of the place where the ancient Olympic games were held.

What about the Great Pyramid of Giza, another wonder of the ancient world?

Most of the pyramids in Egypt were built to serve as a tomb for the Pharaohs. Smaller pyramids, nearby, were constructed for the wives of Pharaohs.

The Great Pyramid of Giza was built as a final resting place for a Pharaoh called Khufu. He was from the 4th Dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom. The Great Pyramid was constructed in 2630-2611 B.C.E. It was located in a part of Giza which today is very close to the modern city of Cairo.

A lot of people tried to destroy it, but the Great Pyramid still stands. The oldest of the seven wonders, it was built by slaves. Each stone block used to build the Great Pyramid weighs 2.5 tons.

Original Release: May 22, 2017

Updated Last Revision: Jun 19, 2017


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