National Geographic : 1915 Oct
A SECTION OF THE FRIEZE OF THE PARTHENON "The Greek government is keenly alive to its responsibility for the safeguarding of its antiquities, and the Department of Archeology is painstakingly organized and prudently administered. Its income-derived for the most part from the revenues of the lottery, which it shares with the fleet-is never diverted, no matter how dire the necessities of the Treasury, and the zealous scholars who now direct its energies have many a good work of excavation and restoration to their credit" (see text, page 304). changing centuries, which have made of it in turn the shrine of the vestal, the church of the Christian, the mosque of the Moslem, and now and ever the ideal of all lovers of the beautiful. SCULPTURES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE Near at hand stands the fairest of those other structures which the age of Pericles has given to the ages yet to come; on the one side the tiny gem of the Temple of the Wingless Victory, so chaste and delicate in its proportions and outline, and on the other the Erechtheum, with its unique Porch of the Caryatides, and the whole now restored to its former height largely as a result of the painstak- ing labor of the American School for Classical Study. Almost within a stone's throw cluster the chief remnants of the glory that was Greece. Hard by the stairs of the im posing Propylea - the height of which has always made me think that the Pan Athenaic maidens were incredibly long of limb-rises the sturdy rock of the Hill of Mars, whence St. Paul declared the Unknown God and incidentally took the Athenian measure for all intervening time. At a little distance stands the rough-hewn Bema, where Demosthenes and Ctesiphon strove in matchless phrase, while just below rise the ivory tinted columns of the Temple of Theseus, best preserved of all the classic remains.