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Statue of Zeus at Olympia, historical illustration. This statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It stood 12 metres high inside the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, Ancient Greece. It was carved by the great sculptor Phidias and inlaid with ivory, ebony, gold and precious stones. The Olympic Games are thought to have originated in Olympia in 766 BC and had great religious importance, with contests alternating with sacrifices and ceremonies in honor of the god Zeus. Image from Je Sais Tout magazine, France, December 1909.
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