Athena Parthenos

Athena Parthenos

The Parthenon located in Nashville, Tennessee is a full-scale recreation of the ancient Parthenon of Greece.


The focal point of Nashville’s Parthenon is a replica of the Athena Parthenos which stood in the ancient Parthenon. The original statue by Pheidias was dedicated between 438 and 437 B.C.


Nashville sculptor Alan LeQuire and the Parthenon staff conducted extensive research on the accuracy of Nashville’s Athena. In The Description of Greece, the ancient geographer Pausanias describes Athena Parthenos: “The statue itself is made of ivory, silver, and gold. On the middle of her helmet is placed a likeness of the Sphinx. . . and on either side of the helmet are griffins in relief. The statue of Athena is upright with a tunic reaching to the feet, and on her breast the head of Medusa is worked in ivory. She holds a statue of Victory about four cubits high, and in the other hand a spear. At her feet lies a shield and near the spear is a serpent. On the pedestal is the birth of Pandora in relief.” Research included representations of Athena on contemporary Greek reliefs, and coins. The Hellenist coins portray Athena on the reverse of its coins.


This historical set includes two of these Greek coins. The top coin obverse displays a replica of a silver tetradrachm of Lysmachos (323 to 283 B.C.). The coin reverse shows helmetedAthena enthroned left holding Nike and resting left with arm on shield, transverse spear resting against her right side. (Sear 6813) The bottom coin shows a tetradrachm of Ptolomy 1 (302 to 283 B.C.). The coin reverse shows

Athena advancing right brandishing a spear and shield. A small eagle on a thunder bolt is on right. (Sear 7747)


In 1990, the 41′ 10” LeQuire’s statue of Athena was completed and installed in the east room of Nashville’s Parthenon. The statue of Nike inAthena’s right hand is 6’ 4” inches. Eleven snakes appear onAthena’s breastplate, bracelets, and belt. Athena is painted and is covered with 8 ½ pounds of gold leaf.


This historical set also includes a resin reproduction of an ancient Greek spear head as shown in Athena Parthenos and on Greek coins.

Made exclusively for the Parthenon, Nashville, Tennessee, by the Dunston Mint and dlpStudios.

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