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2018 Week 6 Course 4




A Gift to Trap a Virgin Goddess

 

Michael Duigan

 

Week 6

5 - 11 August 2018

Athens was at the height of its power in the fifth century BC. Persia was defeated and Athenian ships ruled Aegean. A magnificent temple was constructed, crammed with precious offerings including a colossal gold and ivory statue of the virgin goddess. Was it made to celebrate victory or to glorify Pericles, the leading politician of the time? In either case it was a wonderful gift to Athena, the city’s patron deity. Having accepted this seductive gift the clever goddess of war and technology would be ‘obliged’ to return the favour and protect the imperial city. Probably the most famous building in the world, it is still controversial. We travel to the British Museum to view the famous ‘Elgin Marbles’.




 

 

 

 


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