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Title: The Parthenon

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The proposal of the Parthenon pleased the Athenians because "it served as much as a celebration of Athens and her achievements as it did as a centre to worship the goddess Athena"(111 Thames & Hudson). The new temple to Athena was "sacked by the Persians"(187 Abrams), so Kimon of Athens hired Callicrates to again begin rebuilding the temple to Athena...

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But, Pericles temporarily halted construction to commission another architect, Ictinos. So, together Callicrates and Ictinos "made many subtle adjustments in the lines of the structure and the placement of columns to refine the design and possibly to counteract the effects of various optical illusions that would otherwise seem to distort its (The Parthenon) appearance when it was viewed from a distance"(188 Abrams)...

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