The author used her expertise to shed fresh light on a very bold subject.
The Parthenon once known as the “palace of the maidens” and “the temple” isThe author used her expertise to shed fresh light on a very bold subject.
The Parthenon once known as the “palace of the maidens” and “the temple” is a magnificent example of Greek architecture with majestic columns built primarily of marble in 477-466 BC. To comprehend the structure’s iconic significance as a major symbol of Greek society one must strip back the layers of time to focus upon the ancient Greek cult myths and the multitude of gods and goddesses such as Apollo, Artemis, Poseidon, Aphrodite, and most of all Athena the daughter of Zeus. Thereafter proceed forward to Pericles rule with the fascinating birthplace of democracy.
This book is not a complete history of the Parthenon as I wished it had delved further into the time when it was used as a Christian church and later in the 15th Century when the Ottoman Empire turned it into a mosque. The period during WWII when the German flag flew beside the Parthenon was not mentioned. Still the book was quite interesting covering in great detail: 1) the Parthenon and its sculptured frieze, 2) the Acropolis, the elevated terrain that the Parthenon rests upon including other surrounding man-made projects, 3) an in-depth background of the goddess Athena for whom the city of Athens is named after.
I would love to visit the Parthenon once again and find a moment in the evening to reflect upon days past by viewing the constellations.