Digitization of the West Pediment of the Temple of Zeus


Line Drawing


The archaeological remains of Olympia, Greece have been the subject of scientific study since the 1800s. In recent years, emerging technologies have given us new research tools which can be applied to the Olympia finds; these continue to aid in the search for new insights and discoveries. The Virtual Heritage Laboratory has collaborated with Dr. András Patay-Horvath to use 3D photogrammetry to create state models showing the current condition of the figures constituting the west pediment of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia. Creating the models is the first step in the larger projects to reconsider the question of how the figures should be arranged and restored as well as to make a complete digital version of the temple.

Lecture about the project (14 minutes): https://youtu.be/dIAmP-qF7cs

Date: November 3, 2021


For permission to photograph, study, and publish online the 3D models of the west pediment we thank the Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia and its director Georgia Hatzi as well as the German Archaeological Institute at Athens.


  • Archaeology: András Horvath-Patay
  • Photography: Bernard Frischer
  • 3D Modeling: Zackary Hegarty
  • Compositing of 3D Models: Mohamed Abdelaziz


Ashmole, B. and N. Yalouris. 1967. Olympia. The Sculptures of the Temple of Zeus (Phaidon, London).

Hegarty, Z. and Patay-Horváth, A. Forthcoming. “Virtual 3D Reconstruction of the West Pediment of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia,” in CHNT – ICOMOS Editorial board. Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (Vienna, Austria 2021), Heidelberg: Propylaeum.


Interested in contacting us? Please contact the project director Prof. Bernard Frischer at: bfrische AT indiana.edu.