Parthenon Essay

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In the 2,500 years since its construction, the magnificent Greek Parthenon has withstood the test of time, the elements of nature, human vandalism and looting, and repeated preservation attempts. It’s enduring construction has allowed the Parthenon to become the most well known and historically iconic representations of Ancient Greek culture. Construction of the Greek Parthenon began in 447 B.C. and completed in 432 B.C. with the purposeful intention to honor the Greek goddess Athena. Like many other ancient Greek artworks, it is renowned for its aesthetics before its function. The Parthenon is foremost, regarded as a remarkable, beautifully detailed piece of architecture and as a centerpiece of Ancient Greek social life, and secondly, as a …show more content…
Many structures and artworks throughout Greece were representative of the Greek myth’s importance in Greek culture and the Parthenon bears no difference to this fact. However, it is crucial to note its historic significance to Greece in addition to its spiritual significance. The Parthenon stands as a lasting reminder of the centuries-old battle between the Greeks and the Persians. When work first began on the Parthenon in 447 B.C., it stood to replace a Greek temple which was destroyed by the Persians in 480 B.C. In order to understand the significance of the Greek Parthenon, it is necessary to first consider its meaning to the Greek people, which was deeply rooted in the unlikely Greek victory after the destruction caused by the Persians at the …show more content…
Sitting atop a hill in the Acropolis, the Parthenon distinguishes itself from the surrounding structures with its unique architectural features and painstakingly detailed sculptures. The Acropolis was a gathering place for the Ancient Greeks and the Parthenon was it greatest feature. Viewed from the outside, the Parthenon served as a temple to revere and honor the patron goddess of Athens. In addition to being a centerpiece of Greek social life, it literally served as a treasure to the Athenians. Treasurers of the city kept account for the precious offering stored in Athena’s treasury, located near the chryselephantine statue. The treasury contained precious items such as gold and silver, gems, statues and carvings, weaponry, armor, musical instruments, and ivory, among other items stored as offerings to the gods (Camp,

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