Erechtheion

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The Erechtheion

The Erechtheion[1] (latinized as Erechtheum /ɪˈrɛkθiəm, ˌɛrɪkˈθiːəm/; Ancient Greek: Ἐρέχθειον, Greek: Ερέχθειο) is an ancient Greek Ionic temple-telesterion[2] on the north side of the Acropolis, Athens, which was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. The building, made to house the statue of Athena Polias, is called the Erechtheion after the description in Pausanias, a name that occurs only twice in the ancient sources.[3] In the official decrees the building is referred to as “... το͂ νεὸ το͂ ἐμ πόλει ἐν ο͂ι τὸ ἀρχαῖον ἄγαλμα” (the temple on the Akropolis within which is the ancient statue).[4] In other instances it is referred to as the Temple of the Polias.[5] The joint cult of Athena and Poseidon-Erechtheus appears to have been established on the Akropolis at a very early period, and they were even worshipped in the same temple as may be inferred from two passages in Homer and also from later Greek texts.[6] The extant building is the successor of several temples and buildings on the site, and was constructed from circa 421-406 BC perhaps as a part of the programme of works instigated by Perikles.[7]

The Erechtheion is unique in the corpus of Greek temples in that its asymmetrical composition doesn’t conform to the canon of Greek classical architecture. This is attributed either to the irregularity of the site,[8] or to the evolving and complex nature of the cults which the building housed,[9] or it is conjectured to be the incomplete part of a larger symmetrical building.[10] Additionally, its post-classical history of change of use, damage and spoliation has made it one of the more problematic sites in classical archaeology. The precise nature and location of the various religious and architectural elements within the building remain the subject of debate. The temple was nonetheless a seminal example of the classical Ionic style, and was highly influential on later Hellenistic,[11] Roman[12] and Greek Revival[13] architecture.

History[edit]

Plan and section-elevation of the Erechtheion by J-M Tétaz,[14] 1848. Conjectural reconstruction from the ancient sources.

The classical Erechtheion is the last in a series of buildings approximately on the mid-north site of the akropolis plateau, the earliest of which dates back to the late Bronze Age Mycenaean period. L.B. Holland[15] conjectured that the remains under the Erechtheion was the forecourt of a palace complex similar to that of Mycenae.[16] The scant evidence of the period LHI includes potsherds and scraps of a wall under the foundations of the Ionic temple. From the remainder of the shaft-grave period, there is nothing from LHII-LH IIIA, only from LH IIIB is there evidence of habitation in the form of terracing, children’s graves and a limestone column base. Hurwitt, arguing by analogy with population centres elsewhere from the period, maintains that there may have been a cult centre on the akropolis to the armed goddess a-ta-na-po-ti-ni-ja,[17] which could represent the primitive origins of the Athenian cult. Additionally, the Mycenaean well and cyclopean walls, which appears to have been in use between LH IIIB and LH IIIC, attests to attempts to fortify the hill-top as the “strong-build house of Erechtheus” recorded in the Homeric tradition.[18] The well may be an indication of the location of the cult of Erechtheus.

The archaeology under the Erechtheion is also poorly evidenced for the archaic and early classical periods.[19] Despite this a number of proposals have been made for a structure on the site immediately before the Persian destruction. Orlandos reconstructs an obliquely orientated hexastyle amphiprostyle temple, which would have contained the “trident marks" in its pronaos.[20] Others restore a number of temene adjacent to the Temple of Athena Polias or a tetrastyle naiskos.[21] To the south of the Erechtheion site would have been the Dörpfeld Foundations Temple, now thought to be the archaic Temple of Athena Polias, the foundations of which are visible on the akropolis today. Examination of the remains of the north edge of this temple by Korres might suggest the boundaries of the pre-Ionic Erechtheion site and therefore determine the shape of the classical temenos.[22] Korres argues that a columnar monument marking the kekropeion would have been approximately where the maiden porch is, and that there was a stoa for the pandroseion adjacent.[23]

Accounts of the construction of the Erechtheion (IG I³ 476). Epigraphic Museum, Athens.[24]

The building accounts for the classical Erechtheion from 409-404 have survived allowing an unusually secure dating of the construction of the temple.[25] Nevertheless, the question remains when was the building project inaugurated? There is no primary evidence for when construction began which is conjectured to be either the 430s,[26] or 421 during the Peace of Nikias.[27] The latter is broadly the consensus view, the rationale being that this lull in the long Peloponnesian war would have been the most convenient time to begin a major construction project and that there was a likely hiatus in building during the Sicilian disaster of 413.[28] Alternatively, dates as early as the mid-430s[29] and as late as 412 have been put forward.[30] Work seems to have ended in 406/5 and the last accounts were from 405/4 though some mouldings were never finished and some of the bosses of some stone blocks were not chiselled off.[31]

The names of the architect-overseers (episkopos), Philokles and Archilochos, have come down to us.[32] They worked on the site after 409. But the identity of the architect (architecton) is unknown. Several candidates have been suggested; namely, Mnesikles,[33] Kallikrates[34] and Iktinos.[35]

The subsequent history of the building has been one of damage, restoration and change of use which complicates the task of reconstructing the original structure. The first recorded fire that the classical building suffered was perhaps 377/6,[36] a second more severe fire took hold sometime in 1st century BC or earlier[37] followed by a campaign of repair. The Erechtheion along with the Parthenon suffered a further major destruction at some point in the 3rd or 4th century A.D, whether this was due to Herulian or Visigoth attack or a natural disaster is unclear. After which, Julian the Apostate undertook the reconstruction of the Parthenon as a pagan temple in circa A.D. 361 and 363, at which point the Parthenon was the only attested site of the cult of Athena on the akropolis, implying that the Erechtheion had been abandoned. In the post-classical period, the Erechtheion was subject to a number of structural changes that must be assumed to be have been prompted by the building's adaption to Christian worship. The first was its conversion to a pillared hall with a groin-vaulted roof at some point in the 4th century. In the late 6th or 7th century, the Erechtheion was converted into a three-aisled basilica church with the West Corridor serving as the narthex. The central portion of the east foundations was removed to make room for a curved apse. In the 12th century, the basilica was renovated. The round apse was enlarged and was given straight sides on the exterior. The chancel screen was extended to the North and South Walls. During the Frankish occupation (1204- 1458), the Erechteion was deconsecrated and changed to a Bishop’s residence, probably for the Catholic bishops of Athens who held mass in the Latin Cathedral of Our Lady in the Parthenon.[38] With the advent of Ottoman control and the adaption of the akropolis plateau to a garrison, the Erechtheion took on its final incarnation as the Dizdar's harem.[39] This final period of the building's use also witnessed the beginning of traveller's accounts and architectural recording of the structure along with its despoilation by antique collectors. Perhaps the greatest damage to the edifice came with the siege of 1826/27 when the maiden porch and west facade were felled by cannon fire and the masonry joints were scavenged for lead. This ruined state is the condition of the site that prompted the first major anastylosis of the Erechtheion by Kyriakos Pittakis between 1837 and 1840.[40]

Architecture[edit]

East façade.

Externally, the temple is an Ionic hexastyle, prostyle pronaos which faces east. The building is in Pentelic marble with a blue Eleusinian limestone frieze. The temple’s walls were constructed in ashlar isodomic masonry. The east porch doesn’t exhibit any entasis,[41] but the stylobate is curved. The naos is apparently divided in two, with the floor of the western part of the building three meters lower than the eastern section but with identical ceiling height. The western end of the naos has three entrances. On the north of the western naos, there is a great door and step leading to the lower Ionic prostyle, tetrastyle porch of six columns, with a distinctive, perhaps unique, double anta at the north-west corner. Next to this porch is an outside terrace and steps leading to the east porch. East of the north doorway is an underground opening that leads to a crypt under the north porch with a pit for snakes. On the west end of the north elevation of the western naos, a further door and step lead to a walled temenos, the Sanctuary of Pandrosos, where the Pandroseion, tomb of Kekrops, altar of Zeus Herkeios and the sacred olive tree of Athena would have been. On the south wall of the western naos was an L- shaped staircase which leads to the higher Porch of the Maidens (or Caryatid Porch, or Korai Porch), a prostyle tetrastyle porch, or pteron, having six caryatids as supports, all facing south and standing on a low wall. The only entrance to Porch of the Maidens was the stairway from the interior of the naos. The western end is a double-height space, and at the second-storey level, the outside west facing wall has an engaged base moulding with 4 engaged pilasters topped by Ionic capitals. The spaces between these columns were of open grillwork. From the outside, the western facade would have had the appearance of having a floor at the same level as the eastern naos. The coffered roof of the north porch is continued at the Maiden porch.

North porch of the Erechtheion.

There is no wholly satisfactory account of the interior layout of the Erechtheion in antiquity. The points of contention are whether and where there was an internal dividing wall, and whether the building had two storeys as suggested by Pausanias' description of it as a διπλοῦν... οἴκημα.[42] The conventional view of the reconstruction of the interior of the Erechtheion naos is that it was divided in two in imitation of the opisthodomos of the archaic temple of Athena Polias and that the altar of Athena was in the west half of the chamber and the altars of Erechtheus, Poseidon and Boutes in the other. Alternatively, that the Erechtheion was a replacement for the east cella of the archaic Temple of Athena and would have had an east cross wall.[43]

Sculpture[edit]

Maiden porch.

There are two figural sculptural programmes on the Erechtheion; the frieze and the caryatids of the Maiden porch.

The entablature of the naos and north porch has a frieze of blue eleusinian limestone that was decorated with white pentelic marble figures attached by means of iron dowels. This “cameo-like” effect[44] of the contrasting stones was unique amongst Ionic temples and rare in any other applications.[45] Of the sculpted elements 112 fragments of the frieze have survived, perhaps 80% of the figures. Although attempts to match dowel hole to figure have not been successful[46] therefore the order of the figures and overall theme of frieze remains unclear. However, several attempts to identify individual scenes within the sequence of figures have been essayed. According to Pallat the north porch had a chariot race with a quadriga on the west face and Athena catching the daughters of Kekrops opening the basket containing Erichthonios on the north and the birth of Ericthonios on the east.[47] Other suggestions for aspects of the narrative of the frieze include the story of Ion,[48] the sacrifice of Erectheus’ daughters to save Athens[49] and the departure of Erechtheus for the battle with Eumolpos.[50] Peter Schultz’s recent reinterpretation of the standing god and goddesses on the east porch of the Nike Athena temple as the birth of Athena[51] invites comparison with the birth scene on the Parthenon pediment and has prompted the question of whether there is a tradition of birth scenes in Attic sculpture that was continued on the Erechtheion frieze.[52] Strikingly, there is no pediment sculpture.

Watercolour of the Erechtheion from the south-west by James “Athenian” Stuart, c. 1760, Victoria and Albert Museum.[53]

There are several theories about the function and significance of the Maiden Porch.[54] Kontoleon has argued that it served as a monopteral heroon to the tomb of Kekrops.[55] Scholl has argued that the korai are mourners for Kekrops because of the association of caryatids with tombs.[56] Shear disputes this is a tomb since it does not follow the pattern of other religious tokens, for Shear the architectural supports are derived from the bases of the columns of the temple of Artemis at Ephesus and is typical of the miniaturization of elements of the Ionic style when it was imported from Asia Minor to the Greek mainland[57] Nor was the use of korai as an architectural support element a novelty, used before in the Siphnian Treasury and perhaps the Lyons kore and therefore represent the classical expression of an established archaic tradition.[58] Then there is the problem of the identity of the korai. In the building accounts they are referred to as korai or maidens. In 1952 the discovery of copies from Tivoli revealed that the korai carried phiale the lower arms of all the caryatids have been lost, suggesting that they might be either the arrephoroi (as “bearers of unmentionable things”) or kanephoroi[59] The six korai of the porch all exhibit subtle variations implying that they do not represent a repetition of a single person or deity but a group of individuals. Lesk argues that they may have been intended as a replacement for the (highly individuated) akropolis korai that were destroyed by the Persians and in this capacity represent the servants of Athena who stood ready to make libation to the cult statue housed inside.[60] Vickers suggests not only a later date for the construction of the Erechtheion but that the korai are actually Vitruvian caryatids and represent a memorial to Athens’s humiliation in the Peloponnesian War. [61]

The Erechtheion is a “remarkably luxurious” building in the detailing of its mouldings.[62] Lotus-palmette chains (anthemion) decorate the column capitals and epicranitis of the temple. Additionally, egg-and-dart, egg and leaf, bead and reel, lesbian cyma, guilloches and rosettes are liberally placed around the entablature, door and window frames and the coffering of the ceilings. The capitals were gilded and the braidings at the column bases were studded with coloured glass.

The Cult Objects[edit]

Birth of Erechthonios by the Kodros Painter, c.440-435 BC.[63] Here Erechtheus is depicted witnessing the birth of Erechthonios, and illustrates the chthonic origins of the polis.[64]

It seems that the Erechtheion served as a reliquary for an assortment of religious items rather than being dedicated to a single deity as was usually the case. However, if we are to try to discern an overall theme then it can be argued the Erechtheion is the expression of the autochthonic nature of Athenian identity. Its cults encompass the birth of Erichthonius from the soil of Attica, the tomb of Kekrops, mythical king and culture hero to the Athenians, and their relationship to the tutelary deities of the city. For many years, the accepted scholarly opinion has been that the Erechtheion fulfilled a triplicate purpose in its interior design: to “replace the Old Temple [of Athena], to house the old image, and to unite in an organized building several shrines and places of religious significance.”[65]


The notion that the autochthonic origins of Athenes were illustrated on the Erechtheion frieze was first proposed by Ludwig Pallet.[66] Certainly the Erechtheion was built to house a diverse collection of religious objects; something of a "museum of curiosities" in that regard. So it is tempting, but problematic, to draw an overall theme for the religious purpose of the temple. The following, then, maybe the product of an attempted syncretism or merely a bricolage of relics accrued over time. Firstly, on the east porch, immediately before the temple door is an altar to Zeus Hypatos. Continuing inside in the eastern chamber of the naos would have been the altars to Poseidon and Erechtheus, Hephaistos and Boutes, and thrones of the temple priests.[67] It is here that Athena's peplos might have been displayed. In the western section, there may have been the Tomb of Erechtheus, the xoanon of Athena Polias[68] and perhaps immediately before that a table. Additionally, this room housed the Lamp of Kallimachos,[69] a Hermes, the saltwater well and a collection of spoils from the Persian War.[70] To the north of this chamber was the north porch whose coffered ceiling was pierced supposedly as the entry point of one of Poseidon's thunderbolts of which indentations below were thought to be the resulting trident marks. The altar of Thyechoos stood over the trident marks.[71] Continuing outside was the sanctuary precinct, which may have contained the sacred olive tree, the snake pit, the Tomb of Kekrops and the Pandrosieon.

Scholarship and Conservation[edit]

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey: 62. Athènes. Temple de Minerve Poliade. Daguerreotype, 1842. The first photograph of the Erechtheion, the war damage is still evident as well as the opus Elgin in the Maiden porch.

Travellers' accounts of the Erechtheion are relatively scarce before the 18th century when relations between the Ottoman Empire and Europe began to improve and access to Greece opened up.[72] Moreover, the building north of the Parthenon was not identified with Pausanias' description of the Temple of Athena Polias until Spon and Wheler's account of the topography of the acropolis published in 1682.[73] Their use of ancient sources in the identification of ancient buildings rather than local folklore, as had been the case before, was innovative and presaged the beginning of scholarship with regard to the Erechtheion. In this same spirit came the work of Richard Pococke who published the first reconstruction of the temple in 1745,[74] and who was the first to conjecture the existence of a larger, symmetrical building. Later, Stuart and Revett published the first accurate measured drawings of the Erechtheion in the second volume of their Antiquities of Athens in 1787. This book, perhaps more than any other, was influential in disseminating the Ionic style and the form of the Erechtheion amongst architects and an appreciative public in the 18th and 19th centuries. For a record of the temple's condition prior to its destruction during the Greek War of Independence, there are the detailed drawings of William Gell.[75] Made in 1800-1801 Gell's period of study coincided with the vandalism of Lord Elgin, whose despoilation of the Maiden Porch was, at the time, more controversial than his removal of the Parthenon sculptures.[76]

In the post-revolutionary period, ambitious plans were drawn up to clear the acropolis and build a royal palace for the newly installed Bavarian king. Although no such palace was built the plateau was cleared of much of the post-classical accretions which were thought to obscure the site and left as a monument and archaeological site. For the Erechtheion this meant the remnants of the Frankish North Addition, the Venetian vault in the North Porch, the Ottoman masonry structure in the angle of the Westward Projection of the North Porch and the West Façade, and the Frankish and Ottoman alterations of the interior were removed.[77] The first attempted reconstruction of the damaged building was Pittakis's in 1839-40. The second anastylosis was Nikolaos Balanos's in 1902-1909. Dissatisfaction with Balanos's haphazard placement of the ashlar blocks and his use of steel joints that caused additional damage led to the creation of the interdisciplinary Acropolis Restoration Service in 1975 whose conservation work is ongoing. [78]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Travlos, 1971, p.213
  2. ^ N. Kontoleon, Τὁ Ἐρέχθειον ὡς οἰκοδόμημα χθονίας λατρείας, Athens, 1949.
  3. ^ Pausanias 1.26.5, Pseudo-Plutarch, Decem Oratorum Vitae 2.843e. LSJ s.v. Ἐρεχθεύς A. Whether the Ionic temple is indeed the Erechtheion referred to by Pausanias is still a point of contention. See Kristian Jeppesen, Where Was the So-Called Erechtheion?, AJA, Vol. 83, No. 4 (Oct., 1979), pp. 381-394.
  4. ^ IG I3 474.1 https://www.atticinscriptions.com/inscription/IGI3/474
  5. ^ Pausanias 1.27.1, Strabo IX 396
  6. ^ Iliad VII 80-81, Ody II 546-551
  7. ^ Not mentioned in Plutarch’s list and the conventional date of the start of construction is after Perikles’ death, however J.M Hurwitt, The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles 2004, p.174 conjectures that the inception of the building dates to the 430s.
  8. ^ W. B. Dinsmoor, The Architecture of Ancient Greece, London. 1950
  9. ^ M. Korres "Recent Discoveries on the Acropolis," Acropolis Restoration: the CCAM Interventions, R. Economakis, ed., London and New York, pp. 175-179. 1994.
  10. ^ W. Dörpfeld, H. Schleif, Erechtheion, Berlin, 1942.See also Dinsmoor 1932, pp.314-326, Elderkin 1912, pp. 53-58; Hawes, The Riddle of the Erechtheum.
  11. ^ Notably; Apollo Patroos
  12. ^ Temple of Roma and Augustus, Hadrian’s villa Tivoli
  13. ^ Wilkins's Downing College, Inwood’s St Pancras. Frank Salmon, The Erechtheion: An Overlooked Paradigm of the Greek Revival?, Cambridge, 2021, Accessed 17/10/2021
  14. ^ From Charles Ernest Beulé, L’Acropole d’Athènes, vol. 2, pl.3, Paris, Firmin-Didot, 1854.
  15. ^ Leicester B. Holland, Erechtheum Papers IV. "The Building Called the Erechtheum", AJA, Vol. 28, No. 4, 1924, pp. 425-434
  16. ^ However, S. Iakovides, Ὴ Μυκηναικη Ἁκροπολις των Αθηνων, Athens, 1962, and J.A. Bundgaard, Parthenon and the Mycenaean City on the Heights, Copenhagen, 1976 questions this.
  17. ^ Hurwit 1999 p.74
  18. ^ Odys. 7.79-81
  19. ^ Lesk p.33
  20. ^ A.K. Orlandos, Ή αρκιτεκτονικη των Παρθενωνος, 2 vols., Athens. 1977. See Lesk, p33.
  21. ^ Hurwit, 1999, p.145.
  22. ^ M. Korres, The History of the Acropolis Monuments, in Acropolis Restoration: the CCAM Interventions, R. Economakis, ed., London and New York, pp. 35-51, 1994.
  23. ^ Herodotus 8.55
  24. ^ Paton et al, 1927, Chapter IV collates the building accounts. See also Shimon Epstein, Attic Public Construction: Who Were The Builders?, Ancient Society Vol. 40 (2010), pp. 1-14.
  25. ^ Chandler stele IG I3 474
  26. ^ Dorpfeld, Der ursprünglichen Plan des Erechtheion." AM 29, pp.101-107, 1904.
  27. ^ A. Michaelis, "Die Zeit des Neubaus des Poliastempels in Athens." AM pp. 349- 366. 1889
  28. ^ Lesk p.65.
  29. ^ Hurwit, 1999, pp. 316, 322.
  30. ^ M. Vickers, "Persepolis, Vitruvius, and the Erechtheum Caryatids: The Iconography of Medism and Servitude." RA 1 1985, p.25. See Lesk p.66
  31. ^ Lesk p.70
  32. ^ IG I 474 I.3 and IG I3 476 II.2-4 respectively.
  33. ^ Dörpfeld, Zu den Bauwerken Athens: Erechtheion und alter Tempel." AM 36, pp. 39-49. 1911
  34. ^ Shear 1999
  35. ^ Hawes, See Lesk p.71
  36. ^ Xenophon HG 1.6.1, Dinsmoor dates the fire to 377-6, The Burning of the Opisthodomus at Athens. AJA 36, pp. 143-172, 1932. However, Paton et al. 1927, pp. 459-463, dates it to 406.
  37. ^ Lesk p.198
  38. ^ Lesk, p.372
  39. ^ According, at least, to Spon's account of 1678. See Lesk p.439
  40. ^ Ephem. Arch. 1839.
  41. ^ Lesk p.221.
  42. ^ 1.26.5. diploun...oikema, "the building is double" W.H.S. Jones, Pausanias, Harvard, 1918.
  43. ^ Lesk p.77
  44. ^ Rhodes p.134
  45. ^ Found on the metopes by Skopias 4th c temple of Athena Alea, Tegea, and bases of cult statues at Olympia and elsewhere. Harrison 1977, Lesk pp.119-120
  46. ^ Lesk, p.121
  47. ^ Pallat, 1935
  48. ^ M. Brouskari, The Acropolis Museum, Athens. 1974, pp.152-3.
  49. ^ Hurwit 1999, similar to the peoplos scene on the Parthenon?
  50. ^ C. Robert, Hermes 25, pp. 437-439. 1890.
  51. ^ P. Schultz, The Sculptural Program of the Temple of Athena Nike, Athens, 2003.
  52. ^ Lesk, p.127
  53. ^ View of the Caryatid Porch, the Erechtheion, the west end of the Temple of Minerva Polias, and the Pandrosium on the Acropolis, Athens. 1750-60. Gouache. 26.5 x 38.5cm. RIBA Library Drawings Collection, SD145/6
  54. ^ The korai are attributed by some to Alkamenes and Agorakritos, students of Pheidias. R.E. Wycherly, The Stones of Athens, Princeton, 1978, p.148.
  55. ^ Kontoleon 1949.
  56. ^ Scholl, A. 1995. "Choephoroi: Zur Deutung der Korenhalle des Erechtheion." JdI 110, pp. 179-212.
  57. ^ I. Shear, "Maidens in Greek Architecture. The Origin of the Caryatids." BCH 123, pp. 65-85. 1999. See Lesk, p.105
  58. ^ Hurwit 1999 p.115
  59. ^ Lesk, p.107.
  60. ^ Lesk p.107
  61. ^ Vitruvius De Architectura 1.1.5. See M. Vickers, "Persepolis, Vitruvius, and the Erechtheum Caryatids: The Iconography of Medism and Servitude." RA 1 1985 The conflation of the Erectheion korai with caryatids has been as persistent as it is problematic. See Lesk pp.262-280.
  62. ^ Hurwit, Acropolis in the age of Pericles, p.178
  63. ^ Berlin, Altes Museum (Antikensammlung) F 2537. Beazley ARP2 1268, 2. See also A. Avramidou, The Codrus Painter: Iconography and Reception of Athenian Vases in the Age of Pericles, 2011, pp.33-34.
  64. ^ Leonore L.M.E. Poldervaart, Identifying Myth: The korai of the Erechtheion revisited, Utrecht 2018, PhD Thesis,p.54, [1]
  65. ^ A.W. Lawrence, Greek Architecture, 1996. p.138.
  66. ^ J.H. Clemens, Visualizing Autochthony: The Iconography Of Athenian Identity In The Late Fifth Century Bc, Johns Hopkins University, 2015, PhD Thesis, p.ii [2]
  67. ^ According to the reconstruction of Travlos. See Travlos p.218
  68. ^ "The ancient olive-wood statue is variously referred to as hagion, bretas, hedos, eidolon, xoanon and agalma. Diipetes means it fell from heaven to imply that it was very old" Lesk p.759
  69. ^ Possibly aligned with the niche at the southwest corner, see Olga Palagia, A Niche for Kallimachos' Lamp?, American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 88, No. 4, 1984, pp. 515-521
  70. ^ Of the spoils, see D. Harris, The Treasures of the Parthenon and Erechetheion, Oxford, 1995, pp.201-222.
  71. ^ Lesk, p.161.
  72. ^ The Erechtheion is not mentioned by Cyriac of Ancona or Niccolò da Martoni. The earliest reference is perhaps the so-called 'Vienna Anonymous' manuscript of the late 15th century, Imperial Library of Vienna (Codex theolog. Gr., 252, fol. 29-32). See Lesk p.427
  73. ^ G. Wheler, A Journey into Greece, London, 1682.
  74. ^ Pococke, The Temple of Erectheus at Athens, restored, 1745
  75. ^ His notebooks are preserved in the British Museum and British School at Athens.
  76. ^ Lesk p.603
  77. ^ Lesk p.660
  78. ^ Platon et al. 1977 [3]; R. Economakis, Acropolis Restoration: the CCAM Interventions, London and New York. 1994; Casanaki and Mallouchou, The Acropolis at Athens: Conservation, Restoration, and Research, 1975-1983, Athens. 1985; Papanikolaou, "The Restoration of the Erechtheion," in Acropolis Restoration: The CCAM Interventions, R. Economakis, ed., London, pp. 137-149. 1994.

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Coordinates: 37°58′20″N 23°43′35″E / 37.9721°N 23.7265°E / 37.9721; 23.7265