National Geographic : 1915 Oct
THE FRIEZE Or THE PARTHENON This frieze is the masterpiece of Attic bas-relief. Measuring 524 feet in length and 3 feet 3' inches in width, Phidias made masterly use of his opportunity thereon to portray the festal procession that ascended the Acropolis to present to the goddess the robe woven in her honor by the Athenian virgins. which serve to link the life of the present with the days that are gone are most carefully preserved. For example, in a house which I know well in Athens, set into its interior basement walls are some battered fragments of a slab which were brought to life in making the excavations for the building and which show that on that spot had dwelt a forgotten Athenian of an older day who had been hard pressed and who had mortgaged his house, in token of which the instrument, as was the custom, had been engraved upon the marble walls of the building.