Discover the ruins of the Parthenon, one of the most famous and beautiful places in the world!
Athens, Greece, is best known for the Parthenon, the ruins of an ancient temple completed in 438 BC to honor the goddess Athena. But what many people don't know is that it only served as a temple for a couple hundred years. It then became a church, then a mosque, and by the end of the 1600s served as a storehouse for munitions. When an enemy army fired hundreds of cannon balls at the Acropolis, one directly hit the Parthenon. Much of the sculpture was destroyed, three hundred people died, and the site fell into ruin. Today, visitors continue to flock to this world famous landmark, which has become a symbol for Ancient Greece, democracy, and modern civilization. Includes black-and-white illustrations and a foldout color map!
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Roberta Edwards has written several books for young readers. She lives in New York, New York.
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Where Is the Parthenon?
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I've been there, seen it from inside and out and then, I left but it never left my sight while I was visiting Athens. A person can see it from all points of the city. What wonderful memories this small book gave me.