Iam mens praetrepidans avet vagari. - Catullus

(Now the mind, trembling in anticipation, wishes to wander.)




The Hephaisteion, Athens

Beautiful picture

I’ve been here! I need to check and see if I have a good photo!~wm

I’ve just checked this out, and I think this is the Temple of Hephaestus….Hephaisteion, was a nobleman and  a general in the army of Alexander the Great. This building, is like the Parthenon only smaller.~wm

I’m just gonna post this on my main blog. 


To put it nicely, you’re wrong. The Hephaisteion and the Temple of Hephaistos are interchangeable terms, but those of us in the field of archaeology generally refer to it as the Hephaisteion. 

I should also mention that this temple was built nearly a century before Alexander the Great’s rule and that the general you’re referring to is Hephaistion, which is spelt differently. 

Regarding the temple’s similarity to the Parthenon: the two temples are roughly contemporary to one another. They’re both Doric temples with Ionic friezes, but let’s take a closer look at the plans of the two:

The Hephaisteion:

The Parthenon:

Now, let’s state the obvious: The Hephaisteion is obviously less grandiose and is, in fact, much smaller. But, it has one thing that the Parthenon lacks: columns in antis. Those would be the two columns that align with the edges of the pronaos (front porch) and the opisthodomos (back porch). That was a very common feature of many temples of the time, and the Parthenon excluded it. The Parthenon also has a wrap-around interior colonnade to flank the chryselephantine statue of Athena by Pheidias. The Hephaisteion has no interior colonnade whatsoever. The Parthenon is also pseudo-dipteral, where The Hephaisteion is not. I could go on, but you get the picture. 

I know I’m coming off a bit harsh, but I don’t appreciate being fact-checked when a) I’m a Classical Archaeology major and b) I obviously know what I’m talking about. I live, breathe, and eat this stuff up, and I really don’t appreciate people spreading false knowledge and passing it off as fact so other people can make the same mistake. I learned this information from my professor…who now happens to be the new director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. But, if you think he’s wrong, go ahead; you’re entitled.

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