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Headword: *(ekato/mpedos new/s
Adler number: epsilon,368
Translated headword: Hundred-foot temple
Vetting Status: high
The Parthenon at Athens.[1]
Also [sc. attested is] 'Hundred-footer': Lycurgus [sc. calls it so].[2] The Parthenon used to be called Hekatompedos by some because of beauty and graceful proportions, not because of size.[3]
Greek Original:
*(ekato/mpedos new/s: o( *)aqh/nhsi parqenw/n. kai\ *(ekato/mpedon: *lukou=rgos. o( parqenw\n u(po/ tinwn *(ekato/mpedos e)kalei=to dia\ ka/llos kai\ eu)ruqmi/an, ou) dia\ me/geqos.
[1] Similarly in some other lexica.
[2] i.e. the adjective alone (with a neuter noun, probably hieron, understood); Lycurgus fr. 3 Conomis.
[3] This polemical (and counter-intuitive) point of view is not much more palatable in Harpokration s.v., where it is credited to "Menekles or Kallikrates in the (treatise) Concerning Athens" (FGrH 370 F3). But note in any case the existence of hekatompedon temples in e.g. Samos and elsewhere, characteristically as those of the patron deity of the city in question.
J.M. Hurwit, The Athenian Acropolis (Cambridge University Press 1999) 161-163
Keywords: architecture; definition; geography; historiography; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 30 October 2000@08:34:46.
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