The Statue of Zeus

An ancient wonder of the ancient world

The Statue of Zeus


Luke Jorgensen

The Statue of Zeus is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was built around 432 B.C. by a Greek sculptor named Phidias. It was built in Olympia, Greece and was 42 feet tall and 32 feet wide.At the height that it was built, it almost touched the ceiling. Its purpose was to enshrine the Greek God Zeus. It was made of gold, ivory, bronze, ebony; And was beautifully carved, which is why it is considered a wonder. Zeus held a statue of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory in his left hand, while a staff with an eagle head was in his right. It was destroyed by a fire in 475 A.D.