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The Parthenon

The Parthenon

Author: Erin Aldana

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

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Parthenon top view, Public Domain,,  Parthenon, Creative Commons,, metope, Parthenon exterior, Creative Commons, , south metope 26 of the Parthenon, Public Domain,, Image of Athena Parthenos, Alan LeQuire, Photo by Dean Dixon, Creative Commons,, Parthenon frieze north, Creative Commons,, Parthenon frieze east, Creative Commons,, east pediment, Creative Commons,, left side of the east pediment, 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.