170 BC

The construction of the temple of Olympian Zeus at Athens, begun by Antistates and his associates under Peisistratos and discontinued at the time of the banishment of Hippias, the son of Peisistratos (510 B.C.), was taken up by Antiochos IV (Epiphanes), king of Syria (reigned 176-164 B.C.). The architect employed by him, Cossutius ("civis Romanus," Vitr.), continued the building in the Corinthian style. The name Cossutius is inscribed upon a base in Athens, which probably carried a statue of the architect. The temple of Zeus was finished during the reign of Hadrian.




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