Parthenon and Parthenoi: A Mythological Interpretation of the Parthenon Frieze

  title={Parthenon and Parthenoi: A Mythological Interpretation of the Parthenon Frieze},
  author={Joan Breton Connelly},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={53 - 80}
  • J. B. Connelly
  • Published 1 January 1996
  • History
  • American Journal of Archaeology
Since the late 18th century, the Parthenon frieze has generally been viewed as a representation of the fifth-century Athenian citizenry participating in their annual (or quadrennial) Panathenaic procession. Viewed without a mythological reference, the frieze stands outside the conventions of Greek temple decoration, which regularly derived its subject matter from the mythical past. The story of King Erechtheus, his wife Praxithea, and their three maiden daughters who gave their lives to save… 
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