Horse riders on the go!

Make 3 blocks of the Parthenon frieze.

What will you need:

-Paper or cardboard

-Scissors

-Glue or double sided adhesive tape

-Colored pencils (optional)

Horse riders on the go!

 

Here they are: the heroic horse riders of the Parthenon frieze! Print, cut and paste and make three blocks of the west frieze of the Parthenon. Place them in the correct order and see the equestrians and horses that the ancient sculptor Phidias and his team created, come to life before your eyes.  You can color the figures or print them on colored cardboard to make them even more like the original. That’s how they were in ancient times, mulit-colored!

 

 

 

Have you heard of the Parthenon frieze?  It’s that continuous band of sculpture that wrapped around the Parthenon with a total length of 160 meters, that is, a length about equal to 10 trucks in a row or a small cruise ship!  The frieze shows the parade of the ‘Panathenaia’ the biggest festival of the ancient city of Athens that honored the goddess Athena.  Amongst the 378 figures that the sculptor Phidias created on the frieze, you can see gods, priests, archons, men, women, youths and elders as well as animals, horses mainly. The ancient Greeks considered the goddess Athena their city’s protector, but also the god that tamed horses and created the harness for them too. So it’s no surprise that a large part of the sculpted parade is made up of horse riders.

The frieze is made up of individual marble blocks. Of the 16 on the west side of the temple that show the horse riders getting ready for the procession, you have the opportunity to make  three of the blocks that are displayed in the Acropolis Museum. Following the steps below, print and make them and place one next to the other to create and have your own small part of this amazing masterpiece.

Print the activity
1

Print the page with the frieze block template.

2

Choose and cut out the template making sure that your lines are as straight as possible.

3

If you intend to color in your frieze, this is the time to do it!

4

Now fold along the solid lines.

5

Glue the surfaces as shown on the template.

6

You should have a rectangular box. The block of the Parthenon frieze is ready!

7

Follow the same steps for the other two frieze blocks.