The Parthenon frieze, a unique work of art, is presented in digital form through an application available at www.parthenonfrieze.gr.
Photographs of all the frieze blocks preserved today in the Acropolis Museum, the British Museum and the Louvre have been gathered together and annotated in Greek and English.
The photographs have been combined with the drawings of J. Carrey (1674) and J. Stuart (1751), in order to give the fullest possible picture of the frieze.
The frieze of the Parthenon forms a continuous band with scenes in relief that encircles the upper part of the cella, the main temple, within the outer colonnade. The theme represented was the procession toward the Acropolis that took place during the Great Panathenaia, the festival in honour of the goddess Athena.
Of the entire frieze preserved today, 50 metres are in the Acropolis Museum, 80 metres in the British Museum, one block in the Louvre and several fragments are scattered in different European museums.
The Parthenon was the first and most important monument of the Periclean program on the Acropolis in classical times. It was a wondrous building because of its proportions and its excellent construction, but also because of the brilliant setting on the height of the Sacred Rock. A temple of Pentelic marble, Doric with Ionic features, it is unsurpassed not only in regard to its architecture and sculpture but also to the speed of construction.