Why are Greek temples destroyed?

Why are Greek temples destroyed?

In the early 1460s, following the Ottoman invasion, the Parthenon was converted into a mosque. During the siege of the Acropolis on September 26, 1687, an Ottoman munitions depot inside the structure was burned by Venetian shelling. The Parthenon and its sculptures were badly destroyed as a result of the explosion. Following the Turkish conquest in 1688, the remaining Greeks were forced to pay a tax for the right to practice their religion.

After the Turks were defeated by Napoleon in 1803, the European powers divided up Greece among themselves. The French got control of the Peloponnese peninsula with its important fortress city of Sparta, but they didn't keep it long. In 1807, the British occupied Sparta because it was useful to have a base from which to attack the Russians who were still fighting the French. Also, the Spartans would not allow women to vote in elections so this made some sense as a compromise solution.

The only major temple left standing after the invasion by the Romans in 146 BC is the Temple of Artemis. It's mainly known today for being the setting of the final scene in the movie "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King".

There are many theories about why Greek temples are destroyed, but the two most popular ones are called the "iconoclastic movement" and the "treasure theory".

What happened to the sculptures of Athens?

When the Venetians besieged Athens in 1687, the Parthenon was utilized as a gunpowder stockpile. A massive explosion ripped the roof off and destroyed most of the surviving statues. Since then, the structure has been a ruin. However, it remains an iconic symbol of ancient Greece.

Which Athenian temple was built as a tribute to the goddess Athena?

The Parthenon is a magnificent marble temple erected during the height of the Greek Empire between 447 and 432 B.C. The Parthenon, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, stands high atop the Acropolis of Athens, a complex of temples. The building is in two stories with a total length of 44 meters (144 feet) and a width of 18 meters (60 feet). The cella or lower level where the statue of Athena would have been placed is about 10 meters long and 5 meters wide.

The architect was Phidias and the sculptor was Myron. The building was completed in four years at a cost of $100,000. It was burned down during the Peloponnesian War but was rebuilt within eight years. The current appearance of the building is the result of modifications made in the 4th century B.C. by the architects Ictinus and Callicrates. They added a new entrance front on the north side and removed part of the old wall on the south side so that the entire structure was given an entirely new appearance.

In 394 B.C., after several wars had been won against rebellious cities, Athens was deprived of most of its overseas possessions. To compensate themselves, the victors demanded annual payments in gold from the defeated city. When the Athenians refused to pay, the war continued and in 373 B.C. Athens was defeated by Sparta.

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