Athena Parthenos

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by Mary Harrsch (Photographed at the Nashville Parthenon, Tennessee)
published on 26 September 2012

A modern reproduction of the lost statue of Athena which once resided in the Parthenon of Athens. The 12m high original, sculpted by Pheidias in the mid-5th century BCE, was made of an inner wooden core covered in ivory and gold. In her right hand stands the goddess Nike. (The Nashville Parthenon, Nashville, Tennessee).

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  • Mark Cartwright wrote on 29 September 2012 at 10:59:

    Yes, the decoration may not be to modern taste and admittedly it does look a bit gaudy. However, in the interest of historical accuracy, this is probably a pretty accurate representation of how the Greeks saw their statues. Indeed, so much gold was attached to their statues of deities that they were used as banks - in hard times pieces of precious metal could be removed without damaging the statue.

  • Amanda Leslie wrote on 29 September 2012 at 10:14:

    I visited this site before they "blinged" the statue out. She was all white marble or plaster then. Much more dignified than she appears now. The gold leaf and the painted lips make her look like a drag queen. So very sad.


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