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Zeus at Olympia

Jan N. Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

in The Gods of Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637980
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0009
Zeus at Olympia

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The worship of Zeus at Olympia is manifested in the Classical period by dozens of monuments, many of them military votives erected as thank offerings by victorious poleis. While such monuments also feature in other Panhellenic sanctuaries, such as those dedicated to Apollo at Delphi, and Zeus receives military thank offerings at other sites, such as Dodona, Zeus’ connection with warfare at Olympia extends back in time, perhaps to the earliest period of cult activity at the site in the tenth century B.C. Moreover, the particular form of the Classical dedications to Zeus differs from that of military thank offerings elsewhere in their scale and their use of mythological narratives, sometimes involving the god himself.

Keywords: Zeus; Olympia; Panhellenic sanctuaries; Votives; Warfare; Mythological narratives; Monuments

Chapter.  7533 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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