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Athens - temple of Zeus Olypmpios by Dimitrios Constantin

Athens - temple of Zeus Olypmpios, 1865

Dimitrios Constantin

We’re looking at sixteen colossal stone columns, like a herd of elephants viewed from below. From the photographer’s low vantage point, we peer uphill, at eye level with the three figures posed for scale, near the archaeological ruins. Vestiges of the ornately carved Corinthian capitals atop fluted columns hold up fragments of the original structure. The marble columns are striated and mottled with age and wear. This is the remains of the splendid Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens. During the Roman period the temple — that originally included 104 colossal columns — was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest statues in the ancient world.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles