12.17.2008

Alexander the Great and Greek Protesters on the Acropolis

The Acropolis has changed and adapted with the ages, and earlier today it became the site of a giant banner unfurled by the students protesting in Athens. The photograph shows the east end of the Acropolis [AP].
To the left in the photo one can see the front of the Parthenon. If you look closely at the lower frieze band, under the metopes and triglyphs, you can make out the square cuttings into which were slotted wooden pegs that held decorative shields dedicated by Alexander the Great. The East Façade later had on inscription of bronze dedicated to Nero. The façade is largely reconstructed as it was badly damaged when the Parthenon was turned into a church.

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