Parthenon Vs Pantheon Research Paper

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Two of the most famous buildings in all of the world are the Parthenon and the Pantheon. The style and function of each of these buildings have a lot of notable similarities and differences, but both are symbols of the high point of architecture and culture for both countries. The also each have a lot to say about their respective times and cultures. The Parthenon was built between 447 and 438 in Athens as a temple to Athena, the patron goddess of the city-state. It was built in a time of Athenian dominance following all of Greece’s victory over Persia, and Athens dominance as head of the Delian league. The temple served as a monument to Greek victory over the Persians, and as a symbol of the wealth flowing in from all the city-states that made up the Athenian empire. The temple itself is located on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It is a large Doric temple, with ionic columns supporting a large pediment of Marble. Only the base is made of limestone.…show more content…
(MacDonald 1976) Like many Roman buildings and art in the twilight of the Republic and the early empire, it borrowed heavily from the Greeks. Also like Rome herself, it was in many ways a great improvement in technology and innovation from her Greek forerunners. It was made of concrete, a prominent building material in Rome, along with marble, brick and granite. It also shared Ionic columns with the Parthenon, but what is truly unique about the Pantheon is its spectacular dome. The large concrete dome, an evolution of the iconic Roman arch, would be the largest of its kind for over 1300 years (Moore

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