East Pediment of the Parthenon

Drawing of pediment

The Basel reconstruction (by Berger), John Boardman, Greek Sculpture Classical Period, fig.78

The sculpture from the centre of this pediment was destroyed when an apse was built at the east end, to convert the Parthenon into a Christian church. We know the pediment showed the birth of Athena, who sprang fully grown and armed from the head of her father Zeus after Hephaistos struck him with an axe. The centrepiece must have comprised these three and probably Hera. The surviving sculptures are of other gods witnessing this event, and of horses drawing the chariots of the Sun (far left) and Moon (far right).

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