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Notes on the Geography of Greece: The Acropolis: Photo 13

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In the shade atop the architrave you can make out the vertically striped triglyphs and the interspatial metopes, which were sculpted, though this was unusual for such buildings. Atop the second rank of columns is the famous frieze, 524 feet as it wraps the whole building with pictures of an unknown narrative subject, perhaps the panathenaic procession. The frieze was originally lost in shadow under a solid roof, but much of it is now far more visible because it is in the British Museum, where it lines the walls of the Duveen Gallery. Good thing? Opinions differ.

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