An Appreciation of the Pediments on the Parthenon

The Gods in the centre are gigantic while the figures in the corners are diminished. The pediments of the Parthenon were significantly wider than those at Aegina and Olympia, so that it was proportionately more complicated to represent figures on a consistent scale, despite this it is still suprising that even after the great advancements that had been made in pedimental designs from the end of the 6th century BC, the figures furthest from the centre in the Parthenon pediments are just shown as smaller than those that are in the centre, this is the same as the pediment of the Parthenon which was create in about 535 BC.

More than twice as much of the pediments have been lost as have actually survived. Therefore most of what we know about the pediments comes from what survives, what we think existed, writings from the historian and explorer Pausanias who travelled through Greece in the 2nd century AD and told us the subjects of both the east and west pediments and the drawings of Carrey in about 1674.

Although the West pediment was at the back of the temple, it was the first pediment which you would see as you approached the Parthenon. It depicted the st



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