The Altar of Zeus in Pergamon
Marble figures are still visible along the ridge of this work. Similar to pieces like the Chryselephantine, this structure was expected to tell a story to the illiterate population. A common motif in architecture, a frieze depicting Gigantomachy is again shown. However, we begin to witness a change in the very culture of the people, as giants are no longer anthropomorphic, or in the same form as a common human, as the gods of the time were expected to be. Since these beings were considered innocent sons of the goddess Gaia, the people felt uncomfortable in praising certain gods while approving of the suffering of others. For this reason, giants were no longer gods as the gods are; these beings were changed in shape. While commonly depicted as large men, the giants now had snakes growing out under their torsos. This proved to be an argument against paganism, which seemed to credit these "demons" and the gods as uncannily similar in nature. In fact, one group defeated the other only by chance. Through this logic, every god from this mythology was indeed a demon. Many came to sacrifice at the feet of the greatest god, or possibly the king of demons, the Satanic Zeus.
on the request to the gods. Certain animals could be used as penance, while other materials are used in praising the god for providence. These sacrifices are meant to be expensive and dear. This commonly involves cattle, valuable fluids, such as expensive oils, edible plants, and incense. A city with such a great altar could make a fortune for holding these sacrificial goods, selling them at tripple the price to a weary traveler. This altar, like most other structures built of the time, was created for more than gratefulness to a god. The ability to look upon a city and see such gradeur raises the stature of such place and promotes synergy of a people.