Where to enjoy the Parthenon Frieze

Unfortunately the Parthenon Frieze is no longer in the main, apart from a very important panel depicting Poseidon, Apollo, and Artemis, in Athens. So people come to the British Museum in London to see it. But in the British Museum, the most important section of the frieze is badly displayed . . . as they don't have that crucial panel which is still in Athens. The frieze was being badly damaged by vandalism in the 1780s by moslem extremists who did not understand the frieze and thought it pagan. Christian attitudes to it were no better. So Lord Elgin rescued the frieze and it became part of what is known as the Elgin Marbles. But as a result, when Lord Duveen stipulated that the British Museum should not display any copy of panels that Lord Elgin had missed next to the origianals, the majesty of the East Frieze could not be appreciated and the meaning of the frieze was lost.

So until the British Museum returns the East Frieze to Athens for display in the New Acropolis Museum, it is impossible to appreciate the external and internal context of the frieze in order to appreciate its meaning.

But fortunately there is a complete copy of the East Frieze at a place called Hammerwood Park not far away near East Grinstead where there is a complete copy of Parthenon Frieze and the study of which has revealed better understanding of the Parthenon and the Acropolis, together with the relationship of the Greek myths to other religions and world history.