National Geographic : 1956 Jan
© National Geographic Society 44 Ravaged by Time and War, the Parthenon Remains Man's Supreme Architectural Triumph This Doric masterpiece, unsurpassed for simplicity and harmonious proportion, has inspired poets and architects of every age, and its facade has influenced public buildings across the United States and Europe. Mortarless, it was built of marble from near-by Mount Pentelicus. The structure's lines tilt or curve delicately to correct optical illusions. Litter from shattered temples and monuments leaves the Parthenon's beauty undimmed.