What makes the Erechtheion unique?

What makes the Erechtheion unique?

The Erechtheion has a very unique structure and most of it was designed around its functions and mythological purposes. Another important aspect to understand about the structure of the Erechtheion is the uneven land that it was built on. The structure and its functions go hand and hand with each other.

Why is the Erechtheion asymmetrical?

The Erechtheion was built asymmetrically, which is very unique compared to the Doric Parthenon’s across the way and for a Greek temple in general. The structure is irregular because it reflects the need to incorporate the tomb of Kekrops and other shrines into one compound.

When was the Erechtheion destroyed?

479 BC

Who created the Erechtheion?

The Erechtheion, designed by the architect Mnesikles, was a complex building constructed in the last twenty years of the 5th century BC. It replaced the “Archaios Neos” (Ancient Temple) of Athena Polias, part of which had been destroyed by the Persians sixty years earlier.

Can you visit Erechtheion?

The Erechtheion is open daily (excluding major Greek holidays) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To visit the site, travelers will need to purchase an Acropolis ticket, which costs 20 to 30 euros (or $22 to $32.50) per person.

What is the Poseidon’s trident mark in the Erechtheion?

It consists of six Ionic columns; the fissure in the floor is supposedly left either by Poseidon’s trident in his contest with Athena, or by Zeus’ thunderbolt when he killed the mythical king Erechtheus.

What was the old temple of Athena used for?

As the name suggests, the temple housed the statue of Athena Nike, a symbol of victory. It probably had a connection to the victory of the Greeks against the Persians around half a century earlier.

What ideas were explored in Greek tragedies?

Tragedy: Tragedy dealt with the big themes of love, loss, pride, the abuse of power and the fraught relationships between men and gods.

What kind of culture did Sparta have?

Sparta was a warrior society in ancient Greece that reached the height of its power after defeating rival city-state Athens in the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.). Spartan culture was centered on loyalty to the state and military service.