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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Google Olympic Logos

Thetis Appeals to Zeus (by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1811)

I’m sure you have googled over the past week and noticed the Google Summer Olympics doodles. They are depicting different sports, like swimming, archery and weightlifting (and for the first time, Google included the small logo as well for their doodles – sometimes though not in-synch with the large version). Google collects all Athens 2004 Olympic games logos on one page in chronological reverse order.

So who are the three people we see playing sports?

First of all there’s Zeus (aka Jupiter) of ancient Greek mythology, throwing lightning bolts. Zeus was living on Mount Olympus as supreme god of the Olympians, and the Olympics were originally a religous festival in honor of him. A giant Zeus statue sculpted by Pheidias was one of the seven world wonders*.

*The remaining six are: the Pyramids of Egypt, Pharos of Alexandria, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and the Colossus of Rhodes.

The bearded man holding a trident is Poseidon (Neptune in Roman mythology), the god of the sea, and brother of Zeus. Poseidon wanted to be protector of Athens, but the citizens didn’t like the spring water he offered them (being sea-water, it was salty).

Third in the group is Athena, among other things goddess of war, and patron goddess of Athen. Though she’s active in the Google logos, women weren’t permitted to compete in the ancient Olympics. Athena is daughter of Zeus and half-sister of Hercules, who later on became hero of a popular TV show.

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Method A) Record yourself speaking with a very slow, deep voice. Afterwards, open the effects menu increase the speed by 100%. Listen.

Method B) Record yourself speaking with a very fast, high voice. Afterwards, decrease the speed by 100%. Listen.

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