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The west side of the Parthenon on the Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

The west side of the Parthenon

Detail of the frieze on the west side of the Parthenon, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Detail of the frieze of the Parthenon west side.

The Parthenon frieze representing the Great Panathenaic Procession consisted of 115 irregularly-sized panels, made up of 111 marble blocks (each corner block having a panel on adjacent sides): the north and south sides each had 47 panels, the west side 14 and the east side 7.

The system used for numbering the panels was originated by A. Michaelis in 1871 (published in his book Der Parthenon). He used Roman numerals for the panels and Arabic numerals for the figures depicted on them. The numbering system is not perfect, as at the time Michaelis made his drawings many of the panels were missing; some had been removed during the early Christian era to make way for windows along the north and south sides (three on each side). New fragments are still being found [1].

See a plan of the general scheme of the friezes below.




1. Christopher Hitchens, Robert Browning, Graham Binns, The Elgin marbles: should they be returned to Greece?. Verso, 1998.
 
Part of the frieze on the west side of the Parthenon, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Detail of the frieze of the Parthenon west side.
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photos of the Propylaea, Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Propylaia
 
photos of the Athena Nike Temple, Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Athena Nike
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photos of the Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

the Parthenon
 
photos of the Erechtheion, Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

the Erechtheion
 
photos of the Odeion of Herod Atticus, Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Odeion of
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photos of the Dionysos Theatre, Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Dionysos Theatre
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Plan of the Parthenon friezes, Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Plan of the Parthenon showing the general scheme of the friezes.
A Fragment of the east side of the Parthenon frieze, Palermo, Sicily at My Favourite Planet

A Fragment of the east side of the 160 meter long frieze around
the outside of the Parthenon cella, now in Palermo, Sicily.

Antonino Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum, Palermo, Sicily.
From the Fagan Collection.

The fragment shows the draped lower right leg and bare foot of Artemis, who in the section of the frieze was seated between Apollo and Aphrodite. It is known to have been on slab VI of the frieze from drawings of the 17th century (Carrey, 1674), but was already missing from the plaster reproductions made by Louis François Sébastien Fauvel in 1787. The only other known surviving fragment of the slab is in the Acropolis Museum.

It is not known how or when the fragment was acquired by Robert Fagan (1761-1816), a London born Irish painter and archaeologist who carried out excavations at the Via Appia, Ostia and Lazio near Rome 1784-1807. He was befriended with Queen Maria Carolina who appointed him Consul General of Sicily and its adjacant islands, and he excavated at Piazza Amerina, Palazzolo, Taormina and Tindari. He managed to acquire a large private collection of antiquities from Greece and Sicily. However, he fell out of favour and was accused of unscrupulous conduct. Due to financial problems he lost his collection and other assets, and left for Rome where he committed suicide. Several objects from his collection are now in the Palermo museum.
 
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