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 (pär′thə-nŏn′, -nən)
A temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, built on the acropolis at Athens between 447 and 432 bc and considered one of the finest examples of Doric architecture.

[Latin Parthenōn, from Greek, from parthenos, virgin.]


(ˈpɑːθəˌnɒn; -nən)
1. (Named Buildings) the temple on the Acropolis in Athens built in the 5th century bc and regarded as the finest example of the Greek Doric order
2. (Architecture) the temple on the Acropolis in Athens built in the 5th century bc and regarded as the finest example of the Greek Doric order


(ˈpɑr θəˌnɒn, -nən)

a Doric temple of Athena on the Acropolis in Athens, completed c438 b.c.
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Noun1.Parthenon - the main temple of the goddess AthenaParthenon - the main temple of the goddess Athena; built on the acropolis in Athens more than 400 years B.C.; example of Doric architecture
Athens, Athinai, capital of Greece, Greek capital - the capital and largest city of Greece; named after Athena (its patron goddess); "in the 5th century BC ancient Athens was the world's most powerful and civilized city"


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On the morning of the sixth day the postman brought him a thin letter from the editor of THE PARTHENON.
The acceptance of THE PARTHENON had recalled to him that during his five days' devotion to "Overdue" he had not heard from Brissenden nor even thought about him.
Away off, across the undulating Plain of Attica, could be seen a little square-topped hill with a something on it, which our glasses soon discovered to be the ruined edifices of the citadel of the Athenians, and most prominent among them loomed the venerable Parthenon.
After all the trouble, we could be certain of only one thing--the square-topped hill was the Acropolis, and the grand ruin that crowned it was the Parthenon, whose picture we knew in infancy in the school books.
It was after an hour or so of this that he dropped into the bar of the Parthenon for one last drink before going to dinner.
A woman's arm touched the soul of a great sculptor two thousand years ago, so that he wrought an image of it for the Parthenon which moves us still as it clasps lovingly the timeworn marble of a headless trunk.
Thus of the genius of one remarkable people we have a fourfold representation: and to the senses what more unlike than an ode of Pindar, a marble centaur, the peristyle of the Parthenon, and the last actions of Phocion?
for the Gothic lace, for the greater glory of the Parthenon.
Catacombs of Paris and Rome, on the stones of the Parthenon and the
He met me at Athens, one day, in the Parthenon, and told me he was distressed for an idea.
But not the Parthenon, not the frieze of Phidias at any price; and here comes the victoria.
The young man thought of the little sister frisking over the Parthenon and the Mount of Olives and sharing for two years, the years of the school-room, this extraordinary pilgrimage of her parents; he wondered whether Goethe's dictum had been justified in this case.