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Statue of Athena Promachos

Date: finished in about 456 BC
Architect: Phidias

Statue of Athena Promachos

 

One statue dominated the Acropolis and that was the statue of Athena Promachos, meaning Athena the fighter.

The statue was made as a thanks offering to Athena for victory over the Persians. According to one ancient writer, Pausanias, sailors approaching Attica from the south could sometimes see light reflecting off the tip of the statue's spear - a truly impressive sight.

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