Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece, 2017.10.09
Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece, 2017.10.09.
Nikon D7200, 12-24mm f/4G lens @12mm f/11, aperture priority.

"This hiatus would last for another three hundred years. Plutarch compares the temple to Plato's dialogue Critias, which also remained incomplete. 'Therefore the greater our delight in what he actually wrote, the greater is our distress in view of what he left undone. For as the Olympieion in the city of Athens, so the tale of the lost Atlantis in the wisdom of Plato is the only one among many beautiful works to remain unfinished' (Life of Solon, XXXII.2). Even after the temple had been dedicated a generation earlier, the Greek satirist Lucian has an impatient Zeus asking whether the Athenians ever intend finishing it (Icaromenippus, XXIV). Then, in 86 BC, Sulla sacked the city in his war against Mithridates and removed some of the monolithic columns from the cella to reconstruct the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus in Rome, which had burned to the ground three years earlier during civil war (Plutarch, Life of Sulla, XXVII.6; this introduction may have influenced the development of the Corinthian order there)."

— James Grout, Encyclopaedia Romana