8.A.2.b. Chryselephantine Inside Temple of Zeus

This is the real showpiece, Zeus. I had to find out what was inside this building the same way I wanted to know what the Parthenon was keeping inside. I researched and it’s all relative, huge temple and a huge statue. I can’t compare it to what we have today. I’ve been to Europe and China. I’m on the lookout.

I learned that a sculpture of Zeus was inside the temple, called the Chryselephantine (carved from ivory, the ivory was soaked in a liquid that made it softer, so it was probably both carved and shaped as necessary) then covered with gold plating (thus chryselephantine) and was seated on a magnificent throne of cedarwood, inlaid with ivory, gold, ebony, and precious stones. Statue was approximately 43 feet high. (Online Olympia, Greece)

Wow!

8.A.2 Temple of Zeus, Olympia_Greece

The temple itself is a protective home for the real showpiece, the cult statue of Zeus. This statue of Zeus, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

I learned that a sculpture of Zeus was inside the temple, called the Chryselephantine (was carved from ivory ( the ivory was soaked in a liquid that made it softer, so it was probably both carved and shaped as necessary) then covered with gold plating (thus chryselephantine) and was seated on a magnificent throne of cedarwood, inlaid with ivory, gold, ebony, and precious stones. Statue was approximately 43 feet high. Magnificent! (Online Olympia, Greece)

The photo is the ruins of what was once a massive building.

8.A.1 Ruins of the Phileppion, Olympia _ Greece

I’m back … it has been a very busy few months. I had a medical tune-up and so to speak – balancing from head to toe. X-rays, MRI, CAT scan, Psyc Eval has been part of it.

Well, let’s continue from where I left off (July 2017) in the western part of Greece. Part of our Best of Greece tour is the Museum of Olympia (will discuss in future) and then to the archaelogical site. The photo is called The Philippieion, a circular building of religious and political significance. The building contained gold and ivory statues commemorating the kings and their victories in 338 BC.

I learned that on occasion of the Athens Olympic Games of 2004, the Berlin Museum returned ten of the building’s architectural members (fragments of the base and columns, a Corinthian capital, part of the marble gutter with a lion’s head water-spout, and a marble roof-tile) for its restoration. . [German archaeologists began excavating at Olympia around 1829.]

I wonder why are Greece’s treasures at the Berlin Museum?