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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Parthenonnoun

    the main temple of the goddess Athena; built on the acropolis in Athens more than 400 years B.C.; example of Doric architecture


  1. Parthenonnoun

    An ancient temple to Athena and monument in the city of Athens. It is a symbol of Greek achievement in the arts and of Athenian democracy.

    Etymology: From (Parthenōn) from παρθενών, from παρθένος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parthenonnoun

    a celebrated marble temple of Athene, on the Acropolis at Athens. It was of the pure Doric order, and has had an important influence on art

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. Parqenw`n, fr.parqe`nos a virgin, i. e., Athena, the Greek goddess called also Pallas.]


  1. Parthenon

    The Parthenon is a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron deity. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. It was completed in 438 BC, although decoration of the building continued until 432 BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the culmination of the development of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy, western civilization and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of selective restoration and reconstruction to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure. The Parthenon itself replaced an older temple of Athena, which historians call the Pre-Parthenon or Older Parthenon, that was destroyed in the Persian invasion of 480 BC. The temple is archaeoastronomically aligned to the Hyades. Like most Greek temples, the Parthenon was used as a treasury. For a time, it also served as the treasury of the Delian League, which later became the Athenian Empire. In the 5th century AD, the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parthenon

    pär′the-non, n. the temple of Athēnē Parthĕnos, on the Acropolis at Athens. [Gr. Parthenōnparthenos, a virgin.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Parthenon

    a celebrated temple of the Doric order at Athens, dedicated to Athena, and constructed under Phidias of the marble of Pentelicus, and regarded as the finest specimen of Greek architecture that exists; it is 228 ft. in length and 64 ft. in height. Parthenon means the chamber of the maiden goddess, that is, Athena.


  1. Parthenon

    (Par′thenon). The temple of Minerva (or Pallas) on the Acropolis at Athens. It was destroyed by the Persians, and rebuilt by Pericles.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parthenon in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parthenon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Parthenon in a Sentence

  1. Prokopis Pavlopoulos:

    Let the British Museum come here and make the comparison between this (Acropolis) museum of light and the murky, if I may say, prison of the British Museum where the Parthenon Marbles are held as trophies.

  2. Antonis Samaras:

    The last, until now, British doctrine that the Parthenon Marbles could not be moved is no longer valid -- as their other 'argument' for the lack of an appropriate space to house them collapsed with the opening of the Museum of Acropolis.

  3. Culture Minister Lina Mendoni:

    Motivated by financial gain, publicity and self promotion, Elgin deployed illegal and untoward measures to extract from Greece the Sculptures of the Parthenon and a plethora of other antiquities in a blatant act of serial theft.

  4. Antonis Samaras:

    The Parthenon and its sculptures have been looted. The value of the sculptures is priceless, we Greeks identify with our history and culture, which cannot be fragmented, loaned or bestowed.

  5. British Museum:

    The British Museum is a museum of the world, for the world and nothing demonstrates this more than the loan of a Parthenon sculpture to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to celebrate its 250th anniversary.

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    the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
    • A. contempt
    • B. scholastic
    • C. helm
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