Ancient Greece: Classical period





The Erechtheion, 421-405 B.C.E., Classical period, Acropolis, Athens
Perched on a cliff high above Athens, this complex temple is very different from its neighbor, the Parthenon.

The Erechtheion



Bits of the Parthenon have been spirited all over the world—in Paris, a fragment shows religious life in Athens.

Plaque of the Ergastines




Iktinos and Kallikrates (sculptural program directed by Phidias), Parthenon, Athens, 447 - 432 B.C.E.
Learn about the great temple of Athena, patron of Athens, and the building’s troubled history.

The Parthenon, Athens



Grave stele of Hegeso, c. 410 B.C.E., marble and paint, from the Dipylon Cemetary, Athens, 5' 2" (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)
See the mastery of form developed in the Classical period translated to private art on this solemn gravestone.

Grave stele of Hegeso