Ancient Greece: The Parthenon

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A temple to Athena. The Parthenon was built in the Doric style of architecture, but included features from the Ionic style. It was also larger and more richly decorated than any other Doric temple and had a number of refined architectural features that made it special such as gently curving columns and base.

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Ancient GreeceAncient Greece:The ParthenonFigure of a river-god from the ParthenonGreece, 438-432 BCVisit resource for teachersKey Stage 2Ancient Greece: The ParthenonContentsBefore your visitBackground informationResourcesGallery informationPreliminary activitiesDuring your visitGallery activities: introduction for teachersGallery activities: briefings for adult helpersGallery activity: Athenas birthdayGallery activity: CarvingGallery activity: Figures on the templeGallery activity: Watching the processionAfter your visitFollow-up activitiesAncient Greece: The ParthenonBefore your visitAncient Greece: The ParthenonBefore your visitBackground informationWhat was the Parthenon?A temple to Athena. The Parthenon was built in the Doric style of architecture, but included features from the Ionic style. It was also larger and more richly decorated than any other Doric temple and had a number of refined architectural features that made it special such as gently curving columns and base.Where was it built?On the Acropolis, the hill rising at the centre of Athens. The Acropolis was originally the citadel and site of the palaces of the early kings of Athens, though no trace of these now survives. It became the focus of worship of the citys patron goddess Athena. The most important temple was the Erechtheion (not the Parthenon) as it contained the ancient wooden statue of Athena to which the new peplos (robe/dress) was presented annual

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