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Temple of Olympian Zeus
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The Temple of Olympian Zeus or Olympiou, in the so-called Columns or Pillars of Olympian Zeus, is an important ancient temple in the center of Athens. Although its construction began in the 6th century BC, it was completed only on the Roman Emperor Adrianus in the 2nd century AD. It was the largest temple of Greece during Hellenistic and Roman times.

It was the largest temple of Greece in Hellenistic and Roman times. However, the temple of Zeus Olympus had already begun to be built in 515 BC. From the grandson of Peisistratos, Peisistratus the youngest. Aristotle states that Peisistratus began the construction of the temple following the well-known tactics of many other tyrants who kept the population busy so that they would not rebel against the tough governance. According to the traveler Pausanias, however, the temple was founded by Deucalion, the originator of the Greeks, to honor Jupiter who saved him from the cataclysm. With the fall of the tyranny of Peisistratos, the erection of the temple was interrupted. It is said that his pieces were used to build the wall of Themistocles, around 479 BC ....