Hercules & Apollo paper weight. This handmade brass paper weight (presse papier) comes from the upper part of a the leg of a bronze tripod found in ancient Olympia. Tripods were the most magnificent and anong the most numerous votive objects found at the sanctuary from the Geometric period. The great altar of Zeus was in ancient Olympia, which stood at the south-east of the temple of Hera. Tripods were propably made in Corinthian workshops and were dated from the end of the 8th century B.C.
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In western Peloponnese, in the beautiful valley of the Alpheios river lays the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece. Dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it sprawls over the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers. Olympia became the most important religious and athletic center in Greece. Its fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival and a highly prestigious one world-wide, which was held every four years to honor Zeus. Local myths concerning the famous Pelops, the first ruler of the region, and the river Alpheios, betray the close ties between the sanctuary and both the East and West.
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, is one of the most important museums in Greece, presents the long history of the most celebrated sanctuary of antiquity, the sanctuary of Zeus, father of both gods and men, where the Olympic Games were born.
Source: The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Olympia, Greece.
The Labyrinth in Greek Mythology was a complex building construction in Knossos. It was made by the engineer Daidalos on behalf of the mythical King of Crete, Minos. The reason it was built was to isolate the Minotaur, a creature half a man and half a bull. According to the legend, the Athenians sent seven young and seven youngsters each year to the maze. Eventually, the Athenian hero Theseus, who was helped by the daughter of Minos, Ariadne, was killed by her mother.
Daedalus himself has made the maze so complicated and complicated that he even managed to find his way out when he finished the work.
The term Labyrinth is often used to declare a structure with complex corridors that make it difficult or impossible to leave it, and any similar arrangement of streets, galleries.