The Statue of Zeus

Wonder of the Ancient World

By: Malekia Jenkins


The Statue of Zeus

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World


The statue of Zeus was built by a man named Phidias who also built the statue of the goddess Athena. It took him 8 years (430-422 B.C.) to build the statue. It was about 50 feet tall and its frame was made of wood, but the rest of it was built out of ebony, bronze, ivory, and gold. This took place in ancient Olympia, Greece (Greece was called Peloponnesus). It was inside a 210 foot long temple which was one of the reasons why it was a wonder. This statue was built to honor the Greek god named Zeus. The ornaments on his head were made out of gold and his skin was made out of ivory. He also had a wreath on his head and carried his messenger named Nick. The statue and temple were destroyed by an earthquake in 170 B.C. then rebuilt. It was finally destroyed by a fire in 5 A.D.