Sunday 20 March 2011

Secrets of the Parthenon

How did the ancient Athenians build this near-flawless icon of Greece's Golden Age?

For 25 centuries the Parthenon has been shot at, set on fire, rocked by earthquakes, looted for its sculptures, almost destroyed by explosion, and disfigured by well-meaning renovations. It has gone from temple, to church, to mosque, to munitions dump. What could be next? How about a scientific search for the secrets of its incomparable beauty and astonishingly rapid construction? With unprecedented access, NOVA unravels the architectural and engineering mysteries of this celebrated ancient temple.

Secrets of the Parthenon aired January 29, 2008 on PBS