The Chryselephantine Athena Parthenos
As most art of the ancient time, this colossal sculpture delivered a message. The majority of the population would be illiterate, so physical representations were often necessary and expected. The great size and heroic frame of the
goddess of Athens depicted supremacy over the other city states. In her right hand sits a nike, a goddess of victory, in order to remind the citizens of the great and victorious war that their ancestors had undergone. Meant to inspire citizens and please the gods who had granted them such a victory, no entity was spared and no symbol undepicted.
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