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The Gods of Ancient GreeceIdentities and Transformations$
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Jan Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637980

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.001.0001

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Zeus at Olympia

Zeus at Olympia

(p.155) 8 Zeus at Olympia
The Gods of Ancient Greece

Jan N. Bremmer

Andrew Erskine

Edinburgh University Press

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

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