The Frieze

The word “zoforos” derives from the noun “zoi” meaning life and the verb “ferro” meaning to carry. Architecturally, it refers to a frieze, a continuous band with representations of humans and animals in motion, the likes of which decorate temples built in the Ionic style. The placement of a frieze on the Parthenon, which was a Doric style temple, is the only exception in ancient Greek architecture. The frieze is part of the temple’s structure and is located close to the marble roof. The representations are in low relief. The rich colors and small metallic adornments on the figures make for a very impressive composition.The frieze represents the Panathenaic procession, subtly illustrating the fairest constitution that could ever exist, that of Democracy. The plot of the procession, portrayed by the composition’s figures, gradually unfolds across the 160-meter frieze. Participating in the procession we find men, women, horsemen, sacrificial animals, priests with ceremonial vessels and of course the Olympian gods who were in attendance





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