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© John Linton
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UploadedJune 4, 2008
TakenMay 26, 2007
Exposure1/250 sec at f/10
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length21 mm
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Wikipedia information:

The Parthenon (ancient Greek: Παρθενών) is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena, built in the 5th century BC on the Athenian Acropolis. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered to be the culmination of the development of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered one of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of ancient Greece and of Athenian democracy, and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of restoration and reconstruction.

The Parthenon replaced an older temple of Athena, called the Pre-Parthenon or Older Parthenon, that was destroyed in the Persian invasion of 480 BC. Like most Greek temples, the Parthenon was used as a treasury, and for a time served as the treasury of the Delian League, which later became the Athenian Empire. In the 6th century AD, the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted into a mosque in the early 1460s, and it even had a minaret. On 26 September 1687 an Ottoman ammunition dump inside the building was ignited by Venetian bombardment. The resulting explosion severely damaged the Parthenon and its sculptures.

The word democracy comes from two Greek words, δήμος (dēmos), "people" and κράτος (kratos), "rule, strength", but I believe the concept is as old as mankind. "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness", "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" & "Power to the People" are all intertwined in its fabric.

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62 responses

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    good choice, it rocks!

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    does the Parthenon have a "bad" side? great capture!!!

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    Fantastic Shot and Perfect for the Theme!!!

  • Victor Ursabia

    Victor Ursabia said (4 Jun 2008):

    absolutely beautiful!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    Fantastic shot, and thank you for the lesson in Latin! Or is it Greek? I'm so dopey! Ever seen The Parthenon in Nashville?

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (4 Jun 2008):

    I've never been to Nashville, but it's on my list of things to see if I ever get there.

  • Christine Corrigan

    Christine Corrigan gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    John, Great B&W shot! And i always love your info.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    Fabulous entry, wonderful shot - it rocks!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    Stunning shot John. My vote!

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    Very good classic shot!

  • Laura Hartley

    Laura Hartley gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    An absolutely perfectly fitting entry - I voted - and love this in b&w!

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (4 Jun 2008):

    Thank you all very much for your wonderful props and comment.

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    Totally! I love it.

  • Austin Drissen

    Austin Drissen said (4 Jun 2008):

    Very informative caption to a wonderful shot.
    Ever look at the word "Politics"?
    Poly = Many
    ticks = Blood Sucking Creatures!

  • Amelia (amy) Quicke

    Amelia (amy) Quicke gave props (5 Jun 2008):

    Awesome Austin I see politics for what it is......Wonderful shot and story John....many Kudos

  • seanie blue

    seanie blue said (5 Jun 2008):

    It gets my vote for the delicious irony of having been built by slaves. Up to a third of Athens' population when the Parthenon was built consisted of slaves, and our man Aristotle is famous for insisting that anyone who deals with excrement or dirt for a living is not fit to be a citizen. It's a lovely shot, and I also wonder about the bad side: Looks pretty from all angles, no?

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (5 Jun 2008):

    You sure have my vote John, this is amazing.....

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (5 Jun 2008):

    Rockin..As in great pic from past made of rock. Voted!

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (5 Jun 2008):

    Really well done on the B&W John!!

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (5 Jun 2008):

    I thought I voted on this yesterday?! is my vote ?again??

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (5 Jun 2008):

    We built this city on rock and...........wait a minute........different city. Excellent shot John and worthy entry!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (6 Jun 2008):

    Well done -- gets my vote!

  • John Keating

    John Keating gave props (7 Jun 2008):

    Very Nice B/W John, you got my vote!

  • Allan Meek

    Allan Meek (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2008):

    Yes this is perfect for the theme. Athens is well known for her democracy and atop the acropilis asits the parthenon. Amazing city though a bit scary on the traffic side of things! I love the Greeks so thanks for reminding me of my honeymoon you have my vote!

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (7 Jun 2008):

    yes, you got it..

  • Fanny Menard

    Fanny Menard gave props (7 Jun 2008):

    Wow, I've always wanted to go there... Nice one.

  • Valérie L'Italien

    Valérie L'Italien gave props (7 Jun 2008):

    Great Black and White!!

  • Portia Söderberg

    Portia Söderberg (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2008):

    wonderful! got my vote John!

  • Noa Siegrist

    Noa Siegrist gave props (9 Jun 2008):

    Tiene mi voto!

  • Diane Parsons

    Diane Parsons gave props (10 Jun 2008):

    Euxaristw! Zhtw h ellas! great shot!

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    my vote!

  • Vicenç !!!

    Vicenç !!! gave props (17 Jun 2008):

    My vote fore you!!

  • Mabrimis

    Mabrimis (Deleted) gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    Yeah! John, this does rock! my vote....

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (23 Jun 2008):

    Very nice John! Got my vote!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    You have my vote, John. This ROCKS!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    oh yeah, back 'cuz it still rocks, thanks for the link in from current upload! + vote

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    even though it's all greek to me, you got my vote !!!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (1 Jul 2008):

    Hey John -- they all rock and I voted yes, yes, yes.

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells said (2 Jul 2008):

    Bona! my vote

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   said (2 Jul 2008):

    Hey John, this is great! So are your others. I hope you don't mind me adding a link to the U.S. Parthenon in Nashville that I shot, I just thought that it was cool that we both have parthenon pics in two different catagorys

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (2 Jul 2008):

    Oh, I already voted...I'll comment instead! This is cool John

  • David Rocaberti

    David Rocaberti (Deleted) gave props (4 Jul 2008):

    I love the dark sky

  • David Rocaberti

    David Rocaberti (Deleted) gave props (4 Jul 2008):

    ...and yeah, it rocks

  • Debby Adler

    Debby Adler gave props (5 Jul 2008):

    They invented it, right? Voted.

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (5 Jul 2008):

    Man, I keep seeing this one...Great entry again!

  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (5 Jul 2008):

    Well done John!!

  • Caitlin Heath

    Caitlin Heath said (10 Jul 2008):

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if i could add more !!!!!'s, I would.

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    Dude, this has to get in the mag!

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (19 Jul 2008):

    I like the contrast between the modern people below and the old partheon above, great for the theme!

  • Raymond John

    Raymond John   said (24 Jul 2008):

    This is so intriguing. The mix of the modern and the ancient really tells a story about the durability of what we call democracy.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (28 Jul 2008):

    congrats on being so hot hot hot !!! love the thumbnail on the main page - on your way to being published !!!

  • Nora Kubach

    Nora Kubach (Deleted) gave props (8 Aug 2008):

    i love it!!!!!!

  • Neal Smith

    Neal Smith gave props (9 Aug 2008):

    Got my vote

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (9 Aug 2008):

    I've don't seen this. it's not too late for my vote

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go said (17 Aug 2008):

    Omg! Did I mentioned before why I love architecture?
    This is one them. You captured them perfectly. Love this b&w shot!

  • James Wei

    James Wei   gave props (7 Sep 2008):

    This is a great photograph

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (25 Oct 2008):

    Beautiful! It's hot indeed!

  • Tom Mertens

    Tom Mertens gave props (31 Oct 2008):

    ...the foundation of democracy!

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (20 May 2009):

    must see before I die!

  • Margherita Bettinelli

    Margherita Bettinelli gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    next summer maybe I'll there eheh nice shot!

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