Analysis and Interpretation of the Structural Failures of the Orthostate Blocks of the Northern Wall of the Athens Parthenon

  • Eleni-Eva Toumbakari
Conference paper

Abstract

The major events that affected the structural history of the Parthenon of Athens are the destructive fire of 267 a.D. and the explosion that took place in 1687 a.D. during the siege of Athens by the Venetian fleet. Following the fire, the Parthenon roof collapsed, whereas the marble blocks that were subjected to thermal action were severely cracked or even lost an important portion of their mass. Following the explosion, a big part of the remaining Parthenon collapsed, whereas important damages have been generated in those areas that did not collapse. Of course, other events, such as earthquakes, occasionally occurred during the monument’s life, but their effect appears minor in comparison to the aforementioned.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleni-Eva Toumbakari
    • 1
  1. 1.Ministry of CultureAthensGreece

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