METOPES of THE PARTHENON

This video is one I took at the Acropolis Museum in Athens. It shows, in succession, the metopes of the Parthenon, minus the 15 looted by Thomas Bruce who lied about having the ok to do so from the Ottoman’s (who controlled Greece at the time of the theft). These marbles, along with the rest of the so-called “Elgin Marbles” continue to be displayed at the British Museum (for… “reasons”).

Tommy B. was kind enough to leave the most damaged metopes behind; damaged by iconoclasts of Alaric’s invading army in the late 4th century CE. Fortunately, the 32nd metope on the north side of the Parthenon was left undamaged, and the reason is darkly (or dimly) comedic. Alaric & his men believed it depicted the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (an angel and the Virgin Mary). In actuality of course, the “angel” is Hebe, and the “Virgin Mary” is Hebe’s mother, Hera!

At any rate, the east metopes (which were over the entrance) depict the final battle between the Olympians and Giants. The south metopes depict battle scenes of the Centauromachy, and the west metopes depict battle scenes of the Amazonomachy. I have every intention to re-shoot the metopes with a higher-quality camera one of these days.