THE LOCATION OF THE 12 LABORS OF HERAKLES ON THE TEMPLE OF ZEUS AT OLYMPIA


On the front of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, ca. 440 BC, was the east entrance. It looked like this:

The Temple of Zeus at Olympia

In order to see the six labors of Herakles on this side, one had to step up onto the porch:

Another view of the Temple of Zeus

Here is another view from inside the first set of columns:

Side view of the Temple of Zeus

Here, on the east side, the sculptors depicted Herakles' final six labors. Beginning with the first six on the west side, let's look at all twelve in detail , and see how they chronicle and celebrate mankind's rebellion after the Flood.

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