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An excellent, detailed overview of the Parthenon is provided by Mark Cartwright at the Ancient History Encyclopedia website:

See the Smithsonian for an article on the engineering feats associated with building the temple:

Daniel Mendelsohn's essay "Deep Frieze" in
The New Yorker discusses the deeper meaning of the Parthenon.

"We can only imagine how glorious the Parthenon must have appeared in the middle of the fifth century B.C., with worshippers gathered in its towering central sanctuary paying tribute to a 40-foot, gold-and-ivory statue of the goddess Athena. But classical scholar Jeffrey Hurwit, a professor of art history at the University of Oregon and expert on the architecture of the Acropolis, can at least help fuel our visions. In the following interview, he also dispels some long-held notions about ancient Greece's most legendary building." PBS'
episode "The Glorious Parthenon" delves into the legacy of the temple for us and the meaning for ancient Athenians.

For 25 centuries the Parthenon has been shot at, set on fire, rocked by earthquakes, looted for its sculptures, and disfigured by catastrophic renovations. To save it from collapse, the modern restoration team must uncover the secrets of how the ancient Greeks built this icon of western civilization in less than nine years without anything resembling an architectural plan. Watch Secrets of the Parthenon for a closer look at the architecture and engineering of the temple.
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The Parthenon was built to honor the goddess Athena, the patron of Athens. What other monuments exist which serve a similar purpose and what do they tell us about the society or culture that built them?
03/25/2016 • 
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