Pantheon Vs Parthenon Research Paper

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At first glance, the Pantheon and the Parthenon share enough similarities to give the impression that they were created in the same city or in the same era, however there are also many distinguishing features to both. There are enough differences in fact to warrant further examination into the history and architecture of these two iconic buildings. In order to do so, we'll look at the design of both the Pantheon and Parthenon's columns and capitals, builders, usage, architectural systems, and their original purpose. The Parthenon was finished in 438 BC, and was originally built as a temple to the goddess Athena in Greece at the Athenian Acropolis(, n.d.).The Pantheon was built in 126 AD, nearly 300 years after the Parthenon, …show more content…
One of the largest differences of the two structures is the large dome of the Pantheon while the Parthenon is rectangular in shape. Today this buildings are also used for different purposes with the Pantheon now being a Roman Cathloic church and the Parthenon serving as a museum (, n.d.). It’s clear that the Romans borrowed much from the Greek architecture in constructing the Pantheon. It’s also notable that they used their advanced understanding and many years of practice with domes and concrete to construct a long last construction that would better stand the centuries. This is evident in the large dome or cella that adorns the back of the Pantheon. These borrowings gave both buildings their similarities and the years of advancement in building technologies gave rise to the larges

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