Sponsored by: Springfield Museums
Amy S. Dane, freelance lecturer, global traveler and photographer
Crowning the Athenian Acropolis, the Parthenon is an icon symbolizing the dawn of democracy in Western Civilization. Why did the 5th century B.C.E. Athenians build such an expensive and exceptional temple? What communal significance did it have for them? After exploring the architectural elements and sculptural decoration, we will time travel over 2500 years to another engineering feat, the Acropolis Museum, which opened its doors in 2009. A virtual tour of the collection will showcase the ancient artifacts in their 21st century home.