>A Shrine Dedicated to Zeus

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Image: The Greek god Zeus
Discovery News is reporting that a shrine dedicated to the Greek god Zeus was discovered at an open-air sanctuary atop Mount Lykaion. The following is an excerpt from the article:
Excavations at the Sanctuary of Zeus atop Greece’s Mount Lykaion have revealed that ritual activities occurred there for roughly 1,500 years, from the height of classic Greek civilization around 3,400 years ago until just before Roman conquest in 146.
“We may have the first documented mountaintop shrine from the ancient Greek world,” says project director David Romano of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Ritual ceremonies were conducted in a part of the open-air sanctuary called the ash altar of Zeus. It now consists of a mound of ash, stone and various inscribed dedications to Zeus, the head god of Greek mythology. Romano’s team has found no evidence of a temple or structures of any kind on Mount Lykaion.
Read the article in its entirety by visiting Discovery News online.
Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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