Student Stories on the Statue of Zeus at Olympia - The Seven Wonders and Zeus by Sophia Quintana and Gabriella Noles



Zeus - The Chief of Ancient Greece


A being named Zeus was the god of heaven, sender of the rain, and keeper of all things sacred, but before all of this power, he was a child about to be eaten.

He became the chief of all chiefs, the protector of all good. He even has a monument named after him. All of the Greeks honored him. There is so much to learn about this god. He is so important in our history, that his statue became one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Zeus had his own monument, a huge statue, standing in the Temple of Zeus in Olympia. This monument was created by a Greek sculptor named Pheidias. The Greeks were ecstatic of him being their ruler. All Greeks worshiped Zeus but in different temples. This is only one temple with one statue.

They all loved him because he was their god. Wouldn't it be amazing to be loved by everyone for just being you.

If any of you would like to visit what is left of this amazing monument, and the studio of the man who made it, the ruins are located in Olympia. There are also statues scattered in some places. This great temple was built in 460 B.C.E. That’s a long time ago! Imagine a time without cell phones! He was the chief, and every chief needs a temple.

There are many reasons why this statue was built. For one it was inspired and made for Zeus. He was and is known by many. And he was recognized as Zeus, the god over the whole world and the people thought he could do anything. Imagine you could do anything you wanted to!

There are many other things to know about Zeus and why he deserved such a wonderful statue.

First of all, thunder bolts represent his power. They show his power because he is strong and people thought he was as strong as that thunder bolt.

He was known as the king of the sky and ruled over the whole world. He was the mightiest Greek god.

There are still other bits of information to know about the god Zeus. He had two brothers that survived their father from eating them. His brother’s names are Hades and Poseidon. All of their other siblings got eaten by their father. That is a lot of facts to remember!

There are still many more facts about this statue and Zeus. This helps with knowing about past history and what ancient people built.

This statue of Zeus is only one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But these are just some of the many more reasons to learn about those wonders. 

Original Release: May 18, 2017

Updated Last Revision: Jun 19, 2017

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