HISTART 2001 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Spolia, Phidias, Classical Architecture
How did the athenians respond to the destruction of their city by the persians in 480. At first, the athenians were unsure what to do with the site of the acropolis when the. It remained in ruins for around 20-30 years until the political leader. The fortification wall on the acropolis re-used columns from the earlier, destroyed temples on the site way of memorializing the previous site. Used the dimensions from the old temple of athena for the proportions /dimensions of the new buildings on the site; way to honor the old temple. Doric metopes & ionic friezes decorated with relief sculpture. (south side) depicted battle of lapiths and centaurs, a combat in which theseus of athens played a major role. Triumphant centaur rises up on its hind legs, exulting over the crumpled body of the greek it has defeated. In other metopes, the greeks have the upperhand over the centaurs.