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(582) Olympia

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Discovered 1906 Jan. 23 by A. Kopff at Heidelberg.

Named for the town in the northwestern part of the Peloponnese where Zeus {see planet  (5731)} had a famous temple with a celebrated statue by Phidias {see planet  (4753)}. The statue was reckoned one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. At Olympia the Olympic games originated in 776 B.C. (Z 182)

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