Greece’s Parthenon temple has had the wrong name for centuries, new research by archeologists claims
The Parthenon in Athens. Image: Steve Swayne via Wikimedia.
Sitting on top of the Acropolis, the Parthenon is one of the most dazzling buildings from antiquity, but for 2,000 years we have been getting its name wrong, according to new research.
Dutch scholars claim that the name “Parthenon” – popularised in the Roman period – originally belonged to an entirely different building, not the vast stone temple that looms over Athens and attracts millions of tourists a year. The real Parthenon was in fact an ancient Greek treasury which contained offerings to the goddess Athena, according to the research by Utrecht University.