The Golden Age Of Athens Essay

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The Athenian temple is my favorite piece of architecture as far as the Greeks go. It is beautifully built and its history is rich. The Athenian temple stood tall and proud until Athens decided to anger the great Persian Empire. Athens was basically in ruins and had to be rebuilt. The reconstruction of Athens included the Athenian temple. When the Persian wars ended, Athens was thrust into a new age. The Golden Age marked a magnificent time for innovation and new temple of Athena.
The Golden Age of Athens, which was part of the Classical Period of Greece, was not a peaceful time. One would think that the Greeks would cease to fight once the Persian wars were over, but that was not the case whatsoever. The Peloponnesian wars began during this Golden Age. No amount of fighting stopped the Golden age from occurring though. Pericles came to prominence at the beginning and part of his agenda was to rebuild the Acropolis. The Athenian Acropolis was destroyed by the Persians when Athens had to abandon their home for safety. Amongst the rubble was the temple of Athena. Pericles had the temple, also known as the Parthenon, rebuilt first. The temple of the goddess of their city was not just a building of worship, but a structure of beauty and intricate art.
The Parthenon was built with the calculated ratios of a human body. The harmonious ratios allowed the structure to be erected proportionally and gracefully. The Greeks even used techniques like concaving the floors…

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