National Geographic : 1928 Dec
A GROUP OF GIGANTIC COLUMNS IS ALL THAT REMAINS OF ATHENS' TEMPLE TO THE OLYMPIAN ZEUS One of the largest of Greek temples occupies a site that has been regarded as sacred since the dawn ofhistory. Legend tells usthat thelast waters of the deluge disappeared at this spot, and that the grateful father of the new race of mortals founded here atemple. The columns which stand to-day belonged to a structure which was begun under the Athenian tyrant Pisistratus in the sixth century B.C.and was completed bytheRoman Emperor Hadrian in the second century of the Christian era. In the distance rises the Parthenon-crowned Acropolis.