Parthenon and Parthenoi: A Mythological Interpretation of the Parthenon Frieze

@article{Connelly1996ParthenonAP,
  title={Parthenon and Parthenoi: A Mythological Interpretation of the Parthenon Frieze},
  author={Joan Breton Connelly},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  year={1996},
  volume={100},
  pages={53 - 80}
}
  • J. B. Connelly
  • Published 1 January 1996
  • History
  • American Journal of Archaeology
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