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March 28, 2016

Temple of Athena Nike

The Temple of Athena Nike is a temple on the Acropolis of Athens. Built around 420BC, the temple is the earliest fully Ionic temple on the Acropolis. It was a prominent position on a steep bastion at the south west corner of the Acropolis to the right of the entrance, the Propylaea. The famous frieze of Athena adjusting her sandal is an example of Wet drapery. Wet drapery involves showing the form of the body but also concealing the body with the drapery of the clothing. Some friezes are from the Persian and Peloponnesian wars.The friezes contained a cavalry scene from the battle of Marathon and a Greek victory over the Persians at the battle of Plataea.
Photo by: +Vasilios Gavrilis