Pentelic

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pentelic Of or pertaining to Mount Pentelicus, near Athens, famous for its fine white marble quarries; obtained from Mount Pentelicus; as, the Pentelic marble of which the Parthenon is built.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pentelic Of, pertaining to, or obtained from Mount Pentelicus (Πεντελή), near Athens: noting especially a variety of white marble resembling Parian, but denser and finer-grained, apparently inexhaustible quarries of which have from antiquity been worked in this mountain. The Parthenon, the Propylæa, and other Athenian monuments are built of it, and in it are carved the famous sculptures known as the Elgin marbles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pentelic pen-tel′ik describing a kind of marble found at Mount Pentelicus near Athens.
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Usage

In literature:

It was divided in the middle by eight Ionic columns, alternately of Phrygian and Pentelic marble.
"Philothea" by Lydia Maria Child
It was built of white Pentelic marble, and rested on a basement of limestone.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume III" by John Lord
Very like Pentelic marble, but easily distinguishable, is the Marmor Porinum, the Marmo Grechetto duro of the Italians.
"Roman Mosaics" by Hugh Macmillan
Another piece of Pentelic marble was found January 24, 1889, near the Tullianum (S. Pietro in Carcere).
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
This morsel of Paros or Pentelic has to perform the office of a roller.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
The Parthenon was built of Pentelic marble, and the temple proper was surrounded by a portico supported on rows of columns.
"Greek Sculpture" by Estelle M. Hurll
It is of Pentelic marble.
"Rome" by Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
One side of the block which is Pentelic marble is finely polished.
"Problems in Periclean Buildings" by G. W. Elderkin
It was built of Pentelic marble, with the exception of the frieze, which had a ground of dark Eleusinian marble.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
The whole of the Parthenon, except the foundations, is of Pentelic marble.
"The Near East" by Robert Hichens
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In poetry:

Her tresses free from band or comb,
Love-dimpled Venus, lithe and tall,
And fresh as Fiumicino's foam,
Mounts her pentelic pedestal.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In science:

Pentelic mountain, solid rock in the city of the goddess Athena, patron of wisdom.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
To Athens Pentelic mountain fulfils a similar role as the city itself does to the human quest for the very origins and workings of humanity, the world, the cosmos.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
So varied, nicely complementary and intertwining were these lines that the comparison with the construction of a temple of Pentelic marble occurred to me as a suitable analogy.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
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