Temple of Athena Nike

by: Chloe Rasmussen

Temple of Athena Nike

It was built during the bronze age. The building was destroyed in 480 BC and re-built in 447 BC. It was demolished later in 1686 by the Turks, who used the stones to build defenses against the Venetians. It was later completely reassembled. This building was built by Kallikrates. The Classical temple is considerably smaller than the other temples of the Acropolis. The temple's ratio of the column height to its length is 7:1 instead of the customary 9:1. The decision to build Athena Nike was an expression of Athens' ambitions to defeat Sparta and become a world power. It is located in Acropoli, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athina, Greece.

Athena Nike

Athena Nike was wingless goddess. She was the goddess of victory. The temple of Athena Nike was an expression of Athens' ambitions to defeat Sparta and become a world power. It was built to honor Athena Nike. People worshiped Athena by either driving bulls to sacrifice or holding weapons and bedecking victory trophies with Greek or Persian weaponry.

Summary

Athena Nike was a goddess of victory. Unlike the other goddesses she had no wings. She had a temple built for her in honor of her ambitions to defeat Sparta and become a world power. Her building was destroyed and rebuilt many times. Unlike the other temples she had a smaller one. Her temple was designed by kallikrates.
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