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Parthenon metopes – Greek architecture

By |2018-04-22T10:26:03-07:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Metope from the Parthenon On the metopes, just under the roof, Phidias carved the battle between Lapiths (men) and centaurs (the Centauromachy), Greeks against Amazons (Amazonomachy), the gods against the giants (the Gigantomachy) and the sack of Troy. Metope from the Parthenon: Lapith and Centaur All these stories show the greatness [...]

What are triglyphs and metopes?

By |2018-04-22T10:25:19-07:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Greek temple at Agrigento, Sicily Most Greek temples have a pattern under the pediment known as triglyphs and metopes. The triglyphs alternate with the metopes across the front of the temple. Triglyphs (TRY-gliffs) have three parts, and then in between the triglyphs are the metopes (MET-oh-peas). Perseus killing Medusa (in the middle) [...]

Rhythm in Greek Temples

By |2017-06-30T15:14:16-07:00June 30th, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Temple of Zeus at Cyrene (North Africa) Greek architects weren't just copying their old wooden temples for the fun of it though, or just because they couldn't think of any better ideas. There was a lot of thought behind each little decision. For one thing, these are religious buildings, so they have to [...]

Greek architraves and columns

By |2019-02-01T06:46:36-07:00June 30th, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

A Greek architrave: the stones running along the tops of the columns. This is the Temple of Hera - Agrigento, Sicily (ca. 450 BC) Greek temples on platforms Greek architects wanted to make the temples look more impressive. They started to build temples on top of small stone platforms with steps going up [...]