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The Parthenon

The Parthenon

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will focus on the sculptural program of the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Parthenos

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Image of Parthenon, Photo by Steve Swayne, Creative Commons,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Parthenon_in_Athens.jpg; Image of Parthenon from the South, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Parthenon_from_south.jpg; Image of West Metopes of Parthenon, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Parthenon_XL.jpg; Image of the Elders and Maidens of the East Frieze, Parthenon, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Egastinai_frieze_Louvre_MR825.jpg; Images of the Lapith and Centaur, Photos by Aleisha Olson; Images of the Sculptures from the West Pediment, Parthenon, Photos by Aleisha Olson; Image of the Nashville Parthenon, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nashville_Parthenon_004.JPG; Image of Athena Parthenos, Alan LeQuire, Photo by Dean Dixon, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Athena_Parthenos_LeQuire.jpg

Terms to Know
  • Chryselephantine

    A type of sculpture made of gold and ivory.

  • Frieze

    A horizontal band of sculpture, usually near the ceiling of a building.

  • Metope

    A square element between triglyphs (three bands) on a Doric frieze.

  • Panathenaic Procession Sculpture

    Sculpture on the frieze of the Parthenon celebrating a festival honoring Athena and involving the ritual of bringing a new peplos or cloak to the statue of Athena.

  • Phidian Wet Drapery

    A type of drapery first used by the sculptor Phidias that clings to the human figure and appears to be wet.