What is on the Parthenon frieze?
What is a frieze?
Classical Greek architecture
Athens in the Classical period
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A new style of carving
Most of the carving was done in a beautiful new style, where all the figures moved very gracefully, and the clothes were floating and very thin, almost transparent, so that you could see all the muscles and tendons of the women wearing them.
Horses and their riders
Another part of the Parthenon frieze showed the rich young men of Athens riding their horses. The horses are excited to be in a parade, and the young men are trying to keep them under control.
This gave Phidias a chance to show off how well he could show the movements of the horses and the men.
Order and chaos
Learn by doing: build a model of the Parthenon in Lego or on Minecraft
The Parthenon blows up!
A Greek Temple, by Fiona MacDonald, Mark Bergin (2002) (this is specifically about the Parthenon, not just any Greek temple)
Parthenon, by Lynn Curlee (2004). Easy reading. Lovely pictures.
The Athenian Acropolis: History, Mythology, and Archaeology from the Neolithic Era to the Present, by Jeffrey M. Hurwit (2000). This is not a children’s book, but it is pretty interesting reading. Hurwit is a archaeologist and art historian who works on the Athenian Acropolis.