Parthenon/Elgin Marbles- South Frieze

Do I belong to the British Museum?

One of the North Frieze of the Parthenon, presently in the British Museum

Sometimes I took more artsy pictures of pieces in museums, particularly when I really liked them. This is one of the friezes on the north side of the Parthenon, the temple dedicated to Athena Parthenos on the Acropolis in Athens. This piece is in the British Museum, along with the vast majority of the decorative elements of the Parthenon. It is an ongoing dispute between Greece and the UK about whether the Elgin Marbles, as the portion in Britain are called, should stay in Britain. In any case, the Parthenon itself is fascinating because it was a)truly massive and lavish b)a mix of Ionic decoration and Doric styles c)a temple, a victory monument, and the capstone of a building scheme. The temple served as the endpoint for the great Athenian festival and Panathenaic Way in honor of Athena as the protector of Athens. The frieze depicts that procession, with the focal point being the presentation of the peplos or robe that would clothe the statue of Athena. It is, however, highly unlikely that that statue actually lived in the Parthenon and far more likely to have been housed in the nearby Erechtheion. This portion of the frieze shows a soldier looking back at the procession.


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