Detail, EAST PEDIMENT
The pediments are the triangular areas above the architrave on the east and west ends of the temple. Devoted to Athena, the goddess of the temple, the east pediment represented her birth and the west pediment her peaceful contest with Poseidon over who would be god of Athens. A few magnificent parts of the pediment sculpture survive. In this southern corner of the east pediment are the reclining figure of Dionysus and the heads of horses that pulled the chariot of the sun-god Helios.
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