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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 8 to 10.
The Ancient Greeks are known for their many achievements. Some of the pieces of art and architecture have been lost to time, but the Parthenon still stands as a monument to their skill. Built to honor the goddess Athena, it was designed by Ictinus at the request of Pericles in 447BC. While the structure was damaged by wars and some of the statues taken, the basic structure remains intact and Greece currently works to preserve it. The Parthenon is an amazing example of mathematics, as well as the sheer force and will required to shape and lift marble into such a massive structure. Other amazing structures built by the Greeks include a variety of temples and the statue of Zeus, named one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. While architects and builders use modern tools such as cranes and computers, the basic design principles have not changed over the last two millennia. Part of the "Structural Wonders" series. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck