• WordNet 3.6
    • n Parthenon the main temple of the goddess Athena; built on the acropolis in Athens more than 400 years B.C.; example of Doric architecture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Parthenon A celebrated marble temple of Athena, on the Acropolis at Athens. It was of the pure Doric order, and has had an important influence on art.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Parthenon The Doric temple of Athene, under the appellation of Parthenos, the Virgin, on the Acropolis of Athens; the ceremonial or official temple of the Athenians in their quality as rulers of the empire of their colonies and allies. It is built of Pentelic marble, and is a peripteral, or, as it may be called, a pseudo-dipteral octastyle, with seventeen columns on the sides, the pronaos and the opisthodomos within the peripteros having each a portico of six Doric columns. Its length is 228 feet, its breadth 101, and the height to the apex of the pediments was 65 feet. It was badly shattered in 1687 by the explosion of a magazine of gunpowder which the Turks had placed in it during the siege of Athens by the Venetians. The Parthenon, which was completed about 438 b. c., was the most perfect work of art that has been produced, its construction and its sculptured decoration in the round, in both low and high relief, and in color embodying the best genius and skill of Athens at the pinnacle of her glory. See Elgin marbles (under marble), and compare cuts under cella, Doric, Greek, and Hellenic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parthenon pär′the-non the temple of Athēnē Parthĕnos, on the Acropolis at Athens.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. Parqenw`n, fr.parqe`nos a virgin, i. e., Athena, the Greek goddess called also Pallas
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. Parthenōnparthenos, a virgin.


In literature:

Next comes the great Parthenon, "the most impressive monument of ancient art," built by Pericles in 438 B.C.
"A Fantasy of Mediterranean Travel" by S. G. Bayne
What scene was exhibited from the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the temples of Hercules, and Theseus and the Winds?
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
The arrangement might have been taken from the procession of the Parthenon.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
To these is often added the Parthenon at Athens, which, as you have seen, was decorated by the carvings of Phidias.
"The Story of the Greeks" by H. A. Guerber
The statue of Zeus Polieus stood between the Propylaea and the Parthenon.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
This arrangement we meet with in the maidens of the Parthenon frieze and in a bust of Niobe.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Address till end of week, The Parthenon, Puddlecombe.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol 150, February 9, 1916" by Various
Its simplest type is Stonehenge; its most refined, the Parthenon; its noblest, the Temple of Karnak.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
Parthenon, curves of, ii.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
A reunion of literary men and women of all nations is to be held at Athens, in view of the ruins of the Parthenon, during May, next year.
"1931: A Glance at the Twentieth Century" by Henry Hartshorne

In poetry:

So onward to the clear white Light,
Where, though the worshippers be gone,
Abides on unmysterious height
The calm unquestioning Parthenon.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
``Taught by the disentombed Minervan mind
That, in the days still governing if gone,
Within the rugged Parian block divined
Majestic calmness of the Parthenon.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin

In news:

I can honestly say it was the most amazing thing I've ever taken pictures of-The Parthenon.
Greece's Parthenon at the acropolis is seen here.
Sell the acropolis, Parthenon, and Aegean Islands.
Columns of the Parthenon temple are seen behind a European Union flag in Athens, Greece, Nov 4, 2011.
Obama's Stage is No Lincoln Memorial , Mini-Parthenon, or Greek Temple.
With its soaring wood-beamed ceiling and stately stone walls, Yia Yia Mary's on San Felipe is the Parthenon of pita sandwiches.
Visual Art Now, Voyager: Hunter Armistead at The Parthenon .
While Parthenon glows, pain and despair overshadow Athens.
A Minneapolis Parthenon it's not.
Secrets of the Parthenon .
Activity Summary Students use a viewing guide while watching a program about the reconstruction of the Parthenon and discuss answers to questions related to the monument after watching.
Parthenon Foods' International Flavor.
The Golden Gate Bridge, 'America's Parthenon ,' Turns 75.
The Greek and European Union flags fly near the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
The Greek and European Union flags fly near the Parthenon in Athens, Greece .

In science:

To estimate the size of the Graphics Turing Scale consider the recent photo realistic renderings by Paul Debevec of the Parthenon .
Graphics Turing Test