Athenean citizens were proud of their cultural identity and conscious of the historical magnitude of their ideas. They believed their achievements would alter the history of all civilized people.
The Parthenon incorporates the best that was said, thought, and told in architecture, art, and politics of contemporary Athens. The catalyst for their accomplishments was the development of democracy. For the first time in history every citizen of Athens was recognized as a significant entity and a considerable moving force. Both Athenian citizens (in low relief) and the Greek gods (in high relief) appear in the friezes on the Parthenon.
The Parthenon was built to enclosed the statue of Athena, the patron of Athens.
This pin shows a replica of a Greek drachm showing the head of Athena facing left wearing a Phrygian helmet ornamented with a Centaur. Original struck in 400 B.C. (Sear 456)