Please enter something
One of the Largest Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece in the Peloponnese
One of the Largest Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece in the Peloponnese

One of the Largest Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece in the Peloponnese

Available Only on StudyHippo
  • Pages: 2 (570 words)
  • Published: October 19, 2018
Text preview

Olympia

The most sacred buildings are closer to the hill commemorating the goddess. The Great Altar of Zeus: here, the sacrifice is given to the god by burning the inedible parts (the past identity of the gods) and sending the smell and incense, leaving the ashes behind. The whole Olympian family contributed to this pile of ashes, burnt at different locations from Zeus alter. Temples are made of colonnades with a porch, either in the front or the back with a central chamber. All temples must be approached from the eastern side.

The artist, Phidias, made a sculpture of Zeus with sheets of ivory, and his clothing was made of gold. Lions and other female symbols are placed beneath him to show the subservient nature of women. In one hand, he holds his favorite daughter, Athena. He gives Athena to the winners of contests. The victors are the only ones allowed in the temple. Herakles planted the first olive tree in Olympia and founded Olympia. After claiming the prime land for Zeus, he should have received something, instead, Apollo received the spot on the building inscribed next to Hippodameias marriage.

There is another Hippodameia who was the daughter of the previous king of Olympia named Oynomaos meaning crazy. Oynomaos made everyone who courted Hippodameia race against him. If the courter lost, he would be hanged. The 12th one of the courters, Philips, wins because Merciless sides with Pilaps and replaces Oynomaos wheel with wax. Oinomaos dies and Pilaps rescues Hippodameia and marries her. Olympia could have also been found

...

ed by Pelops

Pilaps and his ivory shoulder

Tantalos, Pelops dad dined with the gods, and one day served his son to the gods. The gods refused to eat the food and put Pilaps back together. Demeter had nibbled on Pilaps shoulder and that part was replaced by a piece of ivory. Everyone who came after Pilaps also had ivory as his shoulder. Tantalos is put in the underworld and is tormented by food. There was another Hippodameia whom Hercules rescues. (there are many Hippodameias in the world because all it means is horsewoman).

Temple of Hera

It is an old temple because the goddess feels supreme. A particular stone replaced the wooden columns because they had rotted. There is a disc that still remains @ the apex of the roof. The wall that surrounds Olympia marks off the sacred ground from the profane. The roundness of one of the structures was in the shape of a tholos as well as a beehive. It was in between Hera and Zeus temple. Herodotus Attikus who gave Athens the theatre gave a fountain to Zeus near the Kronian hill given in the name of his wife Queeny. The place where the contests are held where there are no bleachers.

Sports At Olympia

The goal is to overcome female and mother nature. It takes place in the nude, and women are not allowed to be present. One lady had disguised herself as a man to see her family members perform in the contests.

They discovered her, but let her stay since her family members were victors. Athletics are done to music thus gracefulness and strength ar

View entire sample
Join StudyHippo to see entire essay
View entire sample
Join StudyHippo to see entire essay

both important. There was no respect for the loser and the winning family could justify aristocracy from the gods. Only wealthy people could really fight originally. Later the city would sponsor an athlete to train to fight at these competitions.

View entire sample
Join StudyHippo to see entire essay