Acropolis Virtual Tour

Professor Clemente Marconi discusses the role of the Parthenon in the Core Curriculum, developments in understanding and the teaching of the Parthenon, and the contribution of digital tools to this process.

"I grew up in an old-fashioned world where you used photographs, black-and-white photographs, and slides, and even though I was aware of all these wonderful activities about digital teaching, I was very resistant until the end of this past August. Now that I am incorporating digital technology into my teaching, it has become absolutely fundamental. What it allows me to do in the classroom is to position buildings and images in the original urban and architectural context. This is the first step towards positioning these images in their cultural context, which is my primary interest of research." Read More

The Art Humanities Parthenon Project

In the summer of 2003, a small team of educational technologists from the Visual Media Center (VMC) set out to document with the newest technology some of the oldest monuments of Western culture…. on two very warm days in the Mediterranean sun, they shot several thousand minutely calibrated digital photos of the Parthenon, the Propylaea, and the Erectheion—the three most important surviving buildings of Athens from the time of Pericles. Read More
Enter the Site
Using the Website

The Acropolis Web site offers students a sequence of screens, reminiscent of a filmstrip, designed to conduct a virtual visit to the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to Athena, in its setting on the Athenian Acropolis. Following an introduction (screen 1.0), the students are offered a diagram of Athens that situates the Acropolis within the larger urban context of the city (screen 1.1). At the next screen, the students can trace the route of the Panathenaic festival, the great annual event during which magistrates and citizens enacted a ritual procession culminating at the east side of the Parthenon (screen 1.2). In the next section, devoted to the Parthenon temple as it exists today, the visit continues with a series of QTVR nodes that encircle the building (screen 1.3). This is followed by a virtual tour of the full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, originally constructed in 1897 for the state's centennial exposition, and reconstructed as a permanent structure some twenty years later in consultation with Columbia archaeologist William Bell Dinsmoor (screen 1.4). The final section of the Web site integrates QTVR nodes of the modern replica with the original building so that students may enjoy an exceptionally rich and unexpected, experience of one of the most important monuments of Western architecture. (Screen 1.5)