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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,; Image of Parthenon from the South, Creative Commons,; Image of West Metopes of Parthenon, Creative Commons,; Image of the Elders and Maidens of the East Frieze, Parthenon, Public Domain,; 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,; Image of Athena Parthenos, Alan LeQuire, Photo by Dean Dixon, Creative Commons,

Terms to Know

A type of sculpture made of gold and ivory.


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


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.