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Secrets Of The Parthenon
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Erected by the ancient Greeks as a temple to Athena, the Parthenon has served as a church, a fortress, an ammunition dump, and the model for countless banks, courthouses, and museums across the world. Despite so much renown as an icon of Western civilization, the question of how the Parthenon was built has been largely ignored until recently. Now, thanks to the Greek government's $10 billion restoration program, scholars are finally probing the enigmas of its planning and construction.

With unprecedented access, Nova presents the inside story of the official restoration, which reaches far beyond the challenges and controversies of conserving one of the world's best-known buildings. The researchers are confronting some monumental riddles: How did the ancient Athenians build their great temple with such precision in a mere eight years? How did they manage to incorporate subtle, eye-pleasing distortions into the Parthenon's layout, such that there are few straight lines or right angles to be seen? And, most baffling of all, how did they accomplish all this without an overall building plan or blueprint, which would be indispensable to a modern architect?



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Chicago: “NOVA; Secrets Of The Parthenon,” 01/03/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BA1988747EDF426A8AB8D913D393E1B9.
MLA: “NOVA; Secrets Of The Parthenon.” 01/03/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 26, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BA1988747EDF426A8AB8D913D393E1B9>.
APA: NOVA; Secrets Of The Parthenon. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BA1988747EDF426A8AB8D913D393E1B9
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