Blowing up the Parthenon: the power of a symbol

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The Parthenon is one of the most famous and recognisable buildings in the world.

  • Bronwen Neil
  • The Conversation

Designed as a testimony to Athenian greatness, visible miles from the Acropolis (the citadel) on which it stands, the Parthenon still stands proudly among the remains of a massive complex of buildings that celebrated Athens’s deities.

It is a witness to the lasting legacy of the ancient Greeks and their architectural ingenuity.

But it is also a very good reminder of the fragility of Western power.

It has been seen as central to the history of Western civilisation, a…

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