Spotlight: Parthenon (438 BC), a symbol of democracy


The Parthenon is a temple in Greece, dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron deity. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power.  It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the culmination of the development of the Doric order.

The Partheon is regarded as an enduring symbol of democracy and western civilization, and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments.

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