Student Stories on the Statue of Zeus at Olympia - The Statue of Zeus (Jupiter) at Olympia by Melanie Freites

The statue of Zeus is one of the seven wonders. This statue was made out of gold and ivory.

Zeus was important to the Greeks because they considered him to be god of the universe. The statue of Zeus was created in 460 B.C. and was placed at the great temple of Zeus at Olympia which is in Greece.  

They built Zeus on the top of it so he can see everyone and punish evil and reward the good. The Greeks believed that Zeus lived on a mountain called Olympus, also in Greece, with the other gods up high. Zeus is the chief of the gods, that's why he is so important.

There’s also a backstory of Zeus.

When Zeus was a baby he was nearly destroyed by his father which is Cronus the king of Titans. He was afraid that his children would replace him so he tried to make sure that none of his children would survive. But before he hurt him, Zeus’s mother hid him in a cave with warriors that would protect him.

People used to honor Zeus in the ancient Olympic Games, but then the point of the Olympic Games was lost during history. People still do the Olympics to this day.

The statue of Zeus has two important symbols: the lightning bolt and the eagle. The lightning bolt was Zeus’ main weapon as chief of gods.  

Sadly the statue of Zeus was destroyed with no trace and the only thing left is its representation on coins.

If you want to know more information about Zeus, and find the image above, go down to the footnotes where you can find more interesting things.  

Original Release: May 19, 2017

Updated Last Revision: Jun 10, 2017

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2) Carole D. Bos,JD, Zeus - Chief God of Ancient Greece, https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Zeus-Chief-God-of-Ancient-Greece, Jul/08/2017, Jul/07/2017, https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Zeus-Chief-God-of-Ancient-Greece

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