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The temple of Bel in Babylon (1)

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02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

01 Religious and ideological doctrines and imagery

06 Visual arts and architecture

5th century BCE
Greek Classical Age
Greek philosophers and scholars

Herodotus 1.183:
In the Babylonian temple there is another shrine below, where is a great golden image of Zeus, sitting at a great golden table, and the footstool and the chair are also of gold; the gold of the whole was said by the Chaldeans to be of eight hundred talents weight. Outside of the temple is a golden altar. There is also another great altar, whereon are sacrificed the full-grown of the flocks; only sucklings may be sacrificed on the golden altar, but on the greater altar the Chaldeans even offer a thousand talents’ weight of frankincense yearly, when they keep the festival of this god; and in the days of Cyrus there was still in this sacred demesne a statue of solid gold twelve cubits high.

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Herodotus 1.183

Godley 1960, I 226-229Godley, A. D. Herodotus. 4 Vols. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, London: Heinemann 1960.

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