Temple of Athena Nike
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Architect Callicrates
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Location Athens, Greece   map
Date -427   timeline
Building Type Greek temple
 Construction System bearing masonry, cut stone
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Ancient Greek Ionic
Notes beside the gateway to the Acropolis.


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"The diminutive Temple of Athena Nike (goddess of Victory), of about 420 B.C., is the earliest Ionic building on the Acropolis. Only c. 11 feet high from the stylobate to the apex of the pediment, it has four columns at the projecting porches at each end (tetrastyle amphiprostyle). Its elongated shape and small scale befit its position on a high narrow substructure. Although jewel-like in detail—including complex, double-faced angle capitals and the first known division of the Ionic architrave into three fasciae—the ratio of the height of the column to its base diameter is low: 7:1 instead of the normal Ionic 9:1 or 10:1. The anomaly is explained by the massive 5:1 proportion of its large neighbor, the Doric Propylaea."

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p94.

Sources on Temple of Athena Nike

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD 2260.1012.0405. PCD 2260.1012.0405.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. photo, p60. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre l'Architecture Universelle 1. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (Suisse), 1977. section drawing, p61. plan drawing, p61. site plan drawing, p61.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. discussion p94. — Available at Amazon.com

Doreen Yarwood. The Architecture of Europe. New York: Hastings House, 1974. ISBN 0-8038-0364-8. LC 73-11105. NA950.Y37. perspective drawing, f32, p17. no image credit.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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