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British Museum: Parthenon

The west pediment of the Parthenon. Wikipedia: "It depicted the contest between Athena and Poseidon during their competition for the honor of becoming the city's patron. Athena and Poseidon appear at the center of the composition, diverging from one another in strong diagonal forms with the goddess holding the olive tree and the god of the sea raising his trident to strike the earth. At their flanks they are framed by two active groups of horses pulling chariots, while a crowd of legendary personalities from Athenian mythology fills the space out to the acute corners of the pediment."

 

More information: Dyonisos (centre)

More information: three goddesses (far right)

 

The Parthenon is part of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It was built about 438-32 BC. The sculptures and friezes of the Parthenon are one of the most important collections of the British Museum.

 

The British Museum issued a statement on the Parthenon sculptures in which it defends its choice not to give back the remains to Greece.

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Taken on January 13, 2009