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Let's Visit the Parthenon - History Tour in AC: Odyssey Discovery Mode

welcome to the glorious past of ancient

Greece before us lies the famous

Acropolis of Athens topped by the

Parthenon and behind us is the city

itself sprawled out in amazing detail

this is just a small taste of what

awaits in discovery mode for Assassin's

Creed Odyssey and I have to say the team

has done a fantastic job in bringing the

past to life and it will be my goal

today to serve as your guide through

this amazing living exhibit but before

we descend to the ground level I did

want to give you some brief context for

our tour the Acropolis which we're now

circling is a very very old site in fact

it's amongst the earliest inhabited

areas of Athens owing to its natural

defensive position and that's why you

see these fortifications like the walls

here which would have gone up very very

early on in its history and actually it

was soon followed by various palaces

religious sites etc but this target was

not impenetrable and it would be the

Persian - invaded Greece who said it all

light in the for AES BC and with the

destruction of this area would come a

chance to rebuild from the ashes and

that's exactly what we're gonna be

seeing today the next revival of the

great acropolis of athens with the

parthenon that we're strafing right here

as well as the great statue and some of

the armories and all of these sites so

with that context out of the way let's

go ahead and view it in first person

so let's now ascend to the famed

acropolis of athens - the parthenon that

i just teased you with and as we make

our way up but you're gonna be seeing

all sorts of amazing sights and sounds

that would have been witnessed by any

good Athenian citizen going about their

daily life and perhaps any good

conquering soldier but one of the things

that I'm most struck by now that we're

immersed here on the grounds I view is

gonna be the sights and the sounds in

terms of the sights the colors is what

strikes me the most not only because of

the great graphics but also the

historical fidelity so for instance as

we look around much of the stonework and

in particular the statues here are going

to be in full color and that's going to

be coming as a surprise to a lot of

people who are used to seeing them more

like the statue over on the right here

and that's a result of the fact that

much of the color in the past

since deteriorated and when you had the

people of the Renaissance looking to

emulate the statues of the past they

used the whited out versions of their

models and thus took that as a

continuation so a lot of the times in

museums you'll be seeing the stale

version but the truth is that the past

was very much in color and that's one of

the first things that I did want to

bring to your attention and then I only

applies to you know the statues but also

if you look at the colors on each and

every one of the people you know the

past people were a dull they weren't

boring they're very much just as

interested in aesthetics as us and

that's what you're seeing represented

here today so not only the clothes the

statues and whatnot but also on the

buildings the outside and especially the

interiors are going to be glavish ly

decorated so this is all the stuff that

you're seeing as we make our way up

there's even more content just in every

nook and cranny but for now we're going

to continue on with our journey up to

the top of the Acropolis make our way up

the walkway here you'll notice it's a

long zigzag path that's because well the

Acropolis is a giant plateau and you

have to make your way up with these

switchbacks now the Athenians had their

own version of the switchbacks but

eventually when the Romans took over

they did go about enlarging it to make

it easier to get to the top and one of

the last things I did want to note

before we get to the entrance itself is

going to be well what do we have here a

bunch of flower petals and various

things adorning the ground and that is

gonna be a reference to most likely the

Panathenaic which is essentially going

to be an annual celebration that the

Athenians had dedicated to Athena with

the center point being obviously the

acropolis and the parthenon dedicated to

Athena so dependent on aya had kind of a

lesser version that would occur every

year but then every four years would be

the greater Panathenaic and that's the

one where you'd have all sorts of games

and contests for music gymnastics

equestrian contests and the like and

then the winners of all of those would

then process up with the rest of the

city members of the army the government

all that come up through here and then

make their offerings to Athena so that's

essentially what we're doing here as we

walk up but now that we've made it to

the top we can see all the other people

chilling out and what we see before us

are going to be the great gates so let's

go ahead and move up and there is a

guide here provided

so let's go ahead and talk to her now

Assassin's Creed honest seeks discovery

mode does have a guide tour that you can

do where they'll talk to you and walk

you through things but since you have me

I'm gonna be your guide for the day so

let's go ahead and begin our approach so

one of the things you'll notice is men

is this impressive and that was what

they are trying to achieve

all of these structures in the past were

meant to be monumental the Athenians

believed that this was gonna be you know

the focus of their gods attention and

this is gonna house a lot of important

religious sites so it's important to

make this worthy of the God and the

patron saint or the patron god I should

say of your particular polis and in this

case this is gonna be the propylaea and

this is going to be the monumental

entrance to the plateau now this is

gonna be the main gate that gets you

onto the plateau of the Acropolis and as

such it's gonna be well a choke point so

during the Athenian Golden Age it would

have had this main structure here that

you're seeing before you and yes it

would have had you know some way to

control the crowds but mostly it would

have been sort of civil control you know

controlling who can get in and out to do

offerings when to close down the temple

and whatnot in later years when this

passed on to the Middle Ages this

fortification would become an actual

military emplacement where they would

reinforce it and use it as a place to

hold out in the event of some sort of

assault but in the Athenian era it was

very much dolled up here as a big grand

entrance one of the things I did want to

know is that well this is meant to greet

you and how does it do so well we can

see a couple key things here the first

is going to be the flags draped on

either sides these are going to be blue

with an owl the reason for the owl is

because well as I said this is all

dedicated to Athena the owl is going to

be one of the sort of animals associated

with Athena the owl means wisdom an

Athena classically is associated with

winda with wisdom handicraft and warfare

so the owl is one of the main

representations and thus one of the main

associations with Athens Athens deriving

its name from Athena and kind of the the

mythology behind this is that the idea

is that when Athens was first founded

there were two deities

Poseidon and Athena jockeying for who

would be the patron deity of the entire

city of Athens and either of them need

kind of gestures to the people to get

their favor and Poseidon struck the rock

atop the Acropolis here and from that

from it sprang a salt spring and Athena

on the other hand gave an olive tree the

first olive tree and in the end it was

that Athena won out and so that's why

she became the patron deity and that's

why the olive tree and all of the

associates stuff dealing with Athena is

so important and that's what we're

seeing represented here so the purple

aya here is just to greet you to be very

much imposing and also to start to send

you that message of here is what this is

all about Athena is our patron deity and

we'll be seeing more references to that

on the inside now as for the kind of

architectural style that you see before

you well this is very classical Greek

looking at the columns themselves this

is going to be in the Doric order of

architecture style the right the way you

can tell is because well it's rather

simple the three orders are gonna be

Doric ionic and Corinthian the Doric

ones are like I said the simplest so

basically if you look at the base door

is gonna be nothing there the column

goes directly to the ground as for the

column itself it's typically smooth or

has just these very simple ridges and

then at the top it's usually going to be

a rather basic kind of circular top with

a rectangular cushion atop the very peak

of it so that is it and that's gonna be

contrasted with the more ionic version

which is going to be represented over

here so this is probably at one of the

the latter styles and so yeah you can

see it there with the more intense base

and more intricate top so all this being

represented here I am so so glad to see

the Assassin's Creed Odyssey team

representing all of this and now let's

go ahead and enter the temple so inside

you'll be seeing all sorts of things

taking place but before we get to the

very interior I do want to note on

what's going on here you can see a lot

of people going about their daily life

setting up shop some people resting and

having some repose looks like there are

some shops hello some shops people

selling things pots and goods and

whatnot

here there's gonna be little children's

toys and various items there's even

dishware that you can get and over here

you can actually see one of the pots

that a I don't know where they went but

one person was in the process of

decorating and these would have been

very highly valued for the practical use

but then also artistic you know

advantages and all of this to say is

that these sites are not just strengths

strictly religious there were going to

be also secular reasons for people to

come up here some commercial activity

taking place and actually if you go

around the flanks of the propylaea here

there are going to be these empty rooms

and these were rooms that could actually

be used for meetings or dinners and

those didn't necessarily have to be

religious if you were fairly

well-connected you could actually sort

of book them and have your own royal

banquet in these various rooms so that's

one of the things I wanted to note as we

move along and again the colors are

going to be very much striking so that's

one of the reasons you might be making

your way up to the Parthenon here but

now with that being said let's enter

here and this is gonna be again another

impression that you get moving up here

is it is supposed to wow you so as you

come through the gateway you're

immediately greeted with a giant statue

of Athena again we talked about Athena

being the patron deity of Athens people

making their offerings and whatnot and

now we're out on the top of the plateau

lots of stuff gonna be going on here

lots of little sanctuaries in the back

right is gonna be the Parthenon itself

but we're gonna explore every nook and

cranny so the first thing I wanted to

discuss is going to be the idea of

what's going on here so the Acropolis is

going to be a major religious center for

the Greeks and the way this would work

is you would generally have it dedicated

to one deity in particular but then you

could also find sanctuaries around to

the various other deities and this would

be the focus of things where you would

give homage to your God you would

sacrifice to them and essentially make

your prayer to the gods so for instance

that's what you're gonna be seeing a lot

of stuff happening here so these people

here speaking up to a FINA in this case

directing themselves to Athena a typical

Greek prayer would have gone as follows

first he would have started with a sort

of invocation which is basically calling

on the God so in this case we would say

Oh a thena and then list all of her

title

piling on more and more as you see fit

so you would start off by saying which

god you're addressing and then you would

have your claim and say you know God

Athena

listen to me for x y&z a reason so in

this case you might say God Athena I

have walked so many thousands of miles

to get here gone through so many

hardships back at home I'm dealing with

these issues and you're the only one who

can truly solve my needs so you'd really

butter them up in a sense and then

finally the last part of your prayer

would be the official request of what

you need so that's a lot of the stuff

you're gonna be seeing here and often

that would be accompanied by making a

prayer or an offering and all that so

people could do this by themselves but

more often than not you would have

priests milling about who would be in

charge of kind of running affairs so

they would not only run the sanctuary

and maintain the temple here but then

they would also be in charge of

organizing these rituals making sure

that people doing things correctly

taking care of the sacrifices and

whatnot so that is what's going on here

and speaking of the priests there is

actually going to be a priest house over

here and we can go ahead and explore the

interior so it's finely decorated to be

a priest I don't want to say just about

anyone could be a priest but there

weren't that high qualifications

although most of the times we do find

that it was hereditary but once you're a

priest your main duties and obligations

were to essentially like I said see

after the temple the sanctuary conduct

religious rituals during the night in

the day and all that but as a priest if

you had a house up here you'd be able to

make a living so again finely decorated

with all sorts of stuff going on here I

love the detail that they've gone here

and spared no expense when it came to

the nudity I hope I don't get I do

monetize for that but yeah so here we

see a priest house all sorts of stuff

going on the first thing here would have

been writing utensil utensils excuse me

so for example what we have are going to

be these wax tablets so awesome to see

these represented people didn't have you

know pen and paper traditionally in the

past so what they would use is going to

be these parchments which are going to

be sort of dried animal skin or perhaps

they would have various Scrolls of

papyrus and on that they could use ink

those would be rolled up and stored as

you're seeing here and then the other

thing you could do would be these wax

tablets where essentially you keep them

most of the time but when you open them

you can then carve messages in the wax

and then store that so that's what's

going on here

this is presumably gonna be sort of the

record-keeping for the kind of the the

sanctuary and the Parthenon here perhaps

keeping track of the number of

sacrifices or the money and all that so

that's what's going on here further on

the inside you can see kind of the

living quarters again finely decorated

you can see some of the habitation

coffers for keeping their goods places

to burn you know torches or oil or get

interior lighting some of the beds

lots of comfy stuff on the ground and

then these dividers in the rooms these

would have been fairly common in the

past where you'd have the main structure

that's independently you know held up

and then you'd subdivide the room with

these kind of smaller little dividers

and that would normally divide up your

your quarters where you would sleep or

where you might eat or cook etc and yeah

very very finely decorated so that is

the priests house looks like he's got a

nice setup and he's right here next to

some place where you can make an

offering an awesome little garden he

even has some fountains and all that so

definitely very very relaxing type place

let's continue to look around the

priests quarters so actually getting

around this corner just around this side

you can see he has even more stuff going

on here people relaxing on the side

little children ah here you can see one

of the tablets in the works oh she is

normally going to be in there to carve

it up people playing music water to

bathe and soak and overall be

comfortable up in the sanctuary in the

sanctuaries you'd have a lot of people

not only doing their religious duties

but also you might even have people just

kind of crashing in sanctuaries it's not

uncommon for these places to be kind of

refuges for people in poverty or

children or orphans and whatnot so again

a lot of kind of secular activities and

stuff going on so that is kind of how

the the sanctuary functions how you'd

have the priests and over here it looks

like we even have yeah potentially some

orphans playing with some of the toys I

didn't want to talk a little briefly

about some of the other side sanctuaries

before we get to the main you know

stealer of the show Athena herself so

yeah what do we have here looks like

there's gonna be some renovations in

terms of construction as they're

expanding this so yeah that's pretty

good the Parthenon would have taken

about I think it's like 15 years to

build and its cost if I remember

correctly was something on the order of

like half of Athens total annual budget

to build so you can see that tax dollars

at work you could say and all sorts of

people were going about their business

masons

and you would have a lot of famous

people obviously willing to work on the

the Acropolis and the Parthenon of

Athens there you go with renovations

underway and now let's continue on so on

the right side we're gonna be seeing

another little sanctuary here again

people gonna be making their offerings

yeah okay so over here you're gonna have

the sanctuary of Artemis so like I said

a lot of these places might have a main

central God but then you'd have several

other sanctuaries dedicated to other

gods where if you were to make your

prayer to that specific Gaara this is

probably going to be the place to do it

and then here you can see some offerings

left out to that God and all sorts of

stuff going on this lady here with the

tablet taking notes not sure what she's

writing about perhaps trying to draft up

her prayer in advance people going about

oh looks like a bit of a trade here

gonna be drinking some wine ah and over

here this is pretty cool so you do see a

little bit of a small statue again I

guess this one is gonna be Artemis you

can see the bow and the deer Artemis I

believe the hunter so that's gonna be

important oftentimes you would want to

come to these sites to hail a god and

you might want to do that in front of

one of their statues or their religious

sites but then often what you'd see is

there'd be little figures that would

represent the God and that's another

center of your attention that you could

direct your prayer at so we'll be seeing

those kind of sprinkled around and again

awesome to see these represented in the

game more people relaxing and chatting

and now we can proceed to talk about the

main show so this is going to be Athena

in the center this is massive but this

is actually going to be true this is

going to be a colossal bronze statue

of Athena that is actually attested to

historically the history behind this

thing is that it was built over nine

years and it stood for almost a thousand

years until eventually it was moved to

Rome and Constantinople and about 465 AD

and after that it was later destroyed in

a mob riot but this version of Athena

here this tall statue is going to be

Athena Pro makos which essentially means

Athena who fights in the front line so

there's different kind of the gods would

represent different things and there

would be different versions of that God

so the Athena that's gonna be in the

Parthenon is going to be Athena

Parthenos which is Athena the Virgin so

it's kind of calling on their different

qualities so Athena Parthenos is gonna

be you know the virgin cult over there

and that is where the Parthenon derives

its name but this one here is gonna be

Athena Pro mako's so each of these like

I said hailing two different aspects of

the god and you would probably want to

direct your prayers to the most relevant

aspect of that God and maybe the cult

surrounding it so here is that main

statue again people making all sorts of

offerings looks like here offerings from

recent harvests are up there and then

you know littering the front are gonna

be various places over here a lot of

Greek offerings would have involved an

animal sacrifice where you would cut up

special parts of the animals maybe even

read the entrails and then place them

here I believe in the brassiere and then

burn it and then it would go up and go

to the gods presumably so that's what

you're seeing taking place on this front

now we can continue to make our way

around the side a lot of cool stuff

happening here I do think there was

another structure over here that I did

want to take a look at yeah so as we

continue up towards the Parthenon we're

gonna see a bowl so let's talk about

this real briefly and you can see a lot

of war equipment as well so the bowl

here I believe does represent kind of

the idea of sacrifice to the gods

oftentimes you would want to sacrifice

these while bulls to the gods sometimes

it would be that you can't kill a bull

throughout the year but then there'd be

special occasions where you could and I

think this is going to be a

representation of that and then you'd

sacrifice various other things and

that's what you're seeing here arrayed

across the front some

war equipment perhaps to Athena's a kind

of war forum if you could describe it

that way but then also it's all it's

alluding to the fact that the Parthenon

here not only doubled as you know a

religious site but then also a place to

store the Treasury of Athens so you'll

be seeing that inside the Parthenon

itself is gonna be the vast stores of

treasure not only in you know coinage

and gold form but then also gonna be in

the form of military equipment and so

that's why you see a giant storehouse

here with all sorts of war goods

scattered around the panoply of a of a

warrior yeah looking around at the

various sorts of equipment bows shields

axes all sorts of equipment for forging

weapons so this is really really great

to see and the Athenians would have

actually used this at times in the

future for actual warfare oh and you can

even see stuff from from chariots and

whatnot so very very cool to see this

again represented even what is this a

torch yeah backed by a musical

instrument looks like so yeah you can

see how the dual function of a lot of

this stuff and then up here we're gonna

see the Parthenon itself again don't

want to go into that just yet there is

still yet more to explore so we'll get

back to the Parthenon real quick let's

go ahead and scamper up over the edge

here some more places where you could

process during the Panathenaic let's go

up here okay so over on this side again

is going to be the major statue of

Athena Pro Makos but over here is gonna

be another structure and this is going

to be a smaller temple if you look at it

compared to the Parthenon obviously and

this is gonna be the Eric down and

basically this smaller temple here was

meant to house what used to be an old

temple so like I said in the very

beginning there used to be temples atop

the Acropolis here but then they were

destroyed by the Persians and the old

temple I believe used to stand right

about where we're at here and it used to

have various offerings to Athena and

Poseidon and whatnot but when that was

destroyed and rebuilt a lot of the

purposes of that old temple were then

pushed over into this smaller temple and

then there was the brand-new temple over

there was that that was to house even

more things in the Treasury of Athens

this one still functions as kind of the

older vestiges of that that previous

temple and if you go to visit this today

you will notice that these caryatids I

believe it's called and these are

beautiful work columns of women these

still stand today one of the famous

things that you'll see when you go to

the Parthenon standing up but yeah we

can circle around this smaller temple

here and it has to do with the early

myth of the founding of Athens like I

said earlier about Poseidon and Athena

trying to fight for control of Athens

Poseidon gonna be the one who offered

essentially struck the Acropolis and

from it sprang a salt spring and then

Athena on the other hand is gonna be the

one who offered an olive tree and both

of those are represented uh-huh yeah you

can see that here so I believe yeah well

not quite sure if it's fully represented

but according to my knowledge of this

site the west side so over here would

have been Poseidon side and then the

other side would have been athena side

but here this is gonna be a sacred olive

tree and I believe the Athenians thought

that this was a descendant of the

original one granted to them by Athena

so of course high religious value and I

think over around here is supposed to be

the spring that was struck by Poseidon

himself it must be somewhere around the

vicinity not quite sure if it's

representing the game I haven't found it

it's probably around here somewhere but

anyways that's a bit of the details that

you're seeing here so again the olive

tree representing the fact that Athena

became the patron deity and that was her

offering and yeah let's take a look

inside of what as what's happening here

okay so here you go you could see

Poseidon standing strong some offerings

being made to him as well and the

Athenians weren't necessarily

exclusively offering you know stuff to

Athena like I said there's other deities

we had seen over in the beginning

Artemis and now you can see Poseidon

himself so again not going to be you

know following one of the gods so this

is where you could go to Poseidon

and then over on this side I believe the

east side should be the side that's

dedicated to Athena so let's go ahead

and verify that

yes that's gonna be the case that's

pretty awesome look at her up there

baring her shield and again people

coming up here to make their offerings

making their prayers and this is where

you would have left here your burnt

offerings and whatnot so that's awesome

to see the vestiges of this and again

the Greeks had very interesting beliefs

about this the fact that you believe

that there's a god that was there for

your city that was the patron of your

city and if you wanted to confirm it you

could literally walk up to the top of

the hill of your city and see the tree

that they planted for you and I believe

there was other kind of relics of sorts

housed within this building apparently

there was a little sacred statue of

Athena that it was housed in here that

was thought to have fallen from the

heavens and that was housed within the

structure as I said so all Korah all

kinds of stuff that really meant that

hey the gods are here and these are the

traces they left behind so I figured be

making a prayer you very much want to be

up here to do it and so yeah you can see

a couple more people gonna be making

their prayers and their offerings on

this side and the Athenian landscape

there in the distance so now with all of

that out of the way I think it's safe to

finally Circle up and talk about the

famous Parthenon itself oh sorry I say

that but before we do I do want to talk

about this little altar here so this is

just gonna be one of those places where

you would be making your offerings and

your sacrifice to the dhih dhih a lot of

the religious stuff that was happening

for these various deities wouldn't

necessarily take place inside the temple

in reality it's very much different from

the sort of modern you know religions

monotheistic religions Christianity or

any of the other ones we're in a church

or anything like that you expect to go

in and be involved in activities within

the temple it was very much different

for the Greeks the temple was meant to

be observed from the outside to be a

focus for the gods but a lot of the

activities the processions the sacrifice

and all that would have been done kind

of up and around on the outsides so

that's what you're seeing represented

here all right so enough context let's

now sprint over to the front

and we'll walk you through the Parthenon

again another one of these exterior

altars taking place the dog here looks

like he's gonna be ready to make an

offering as well okay so here we are

with the Parthenon it is truly

impressive like I said this took 15

years to build and yeah is freaking

fantastic one of the main things you'll

be noticing again is going to be the

architecture so the columns there are

going to be of the Doric style again

represented by the simple base simple

top and then the ridges or smooth face

of them another thing about the various

architectural styles is going to be the

fact that they have specific proportions

to them so if you look across here

there's going to be one two three four

five six seven eight

columns across and the there would be

like classical ideas of what's your

ideal proportion so if you go around the

side and you count up the columns here

there would have been seventeen along

this way so that is going to be one of

the close to one of the ideal ratios of

you know what is the perfect form for

your building or the optimal form so the

Parthenon being an homage to that so

awesome to see those details represented

here there's going to be an inner temple

which we'll be exploring real briefly

but again some more details on the

exterior again you can see the banners

to Athena with the owl and then if you

look at the the thing just above the

columns not the circles but the the

rectangles that go around that's gonna

be your frieze quick correction here the

frieze is actually going to be inside

for reference take a look at this image

and what those are meant to depict

depict excuse me are gonna be the events

of the Panathenaic in reality if you

were to go see then and I believe some

of it is still standing in Athens today

is you could see it and it depicts

basically the contest the games the

festivals the procession and all that

and so going all the way around it's

going to be commemorating that event

next on top of that you're going to be

seeing what's call it you know the

triangle what's called the pediment I

believe and so you're gonna have two

pediments there's going to be the one on

our side which is going to be the west

side and then there's going to be the

one on the opposite side at the east

side and these are going to be depicting

different things so the one on our side

the west side is normally supposed to be

shown

kind of the foundation myth of Athena

and Poseidon in this case it doesn't

look like that's necessarily represented

it looks like we have a bit more of a

placeholder up there and I did check the

other side earlier it's gonna be

featuring the same thing so a little bit

a historic there but in reality like I

said the front side here is supposed to

show the founding story of who is going

to be the patron of Athens and then on

the backside it's gonna be representing

the birth of Athena coming out of I

believe her father Zeus is head which is

pretty cool so that's a bit of the

details and now let's go to the interior

so past the first set of columns you're

gonna be seeing another set of columns

this time there's going to be six

columns again of the Doric order and

then this is going to be the Inner

Temple so there's going to be one main

room I guess you could call it in here

and then there's gonna be another one

just to the other side and those are the

main inner temples now the one here is

gonna be the one that is going to be for

the Treasury of Athens like I said the

Parthenon would have double done only

for religious purposes but then also as

a Treasury for the city of Athens and

then later as Athens formed its own sort

of mini Empire with the Delian League a

lot of the tribute from that League

would have been stored in here so that's

why you're seeing mounds and mounds of

gold littered about and yeah this is

pretty awesome to see it looks like

there's even like a melted down

partially deconstructed arm of a statue

shields again with the owl of Athena and

all sorts of stuff taking place so again

kudos to the artist for bringing this

all to life I'm very very excited and

now let's go ahead and make our way

around the structure this is one of the

things that you would have seen as a

Greek visitor is the fact that you're

not going to be going inside of the

temple very much so a lot of this is

meant to be observed from the outside

okay and there you go you could see the

procession taking place for the festival

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but yeah it's like I was saying that so

for a typical Greek you would have been

visiting here from the outside and would

have seen a lot of fountains additional

statues and all sorts of works like that

all meant to impress and shading

structures as you're making your way

around and then finally you might be

able to make it into the rear and here

get into the true place where you're

gonna be doing your dedications to

Athena and this is going to be the

entrance where the pediment the triangle

at the top would have been representing

the birth of Athena but without further

ado let's get to the holiest of holy

places the inner temple here and as we

walk up we're gonna let our eyes and our

screen adjust and that is the view that

greets you absolutely majestic this is

gonna be a thena Parthenos Athena the

virgin it's a 40-foot tall statue and as

pole as opposed to being the bronze one

the cheaper one that you saw on the

outside this one is gonna be gold and

ivory which is absolutely insane so this

is represents a pretty significant

amount of money from the Athenian side

of things

additional statues on the side and it

was actually the case that there was

this pool in front of the statue the

reason for the pool here was to make and

you can even see some slight reflections

of the statue was to make it that much

more impressive obviously the statue of

Athena would have reflected off the

water the sides the ceiling all that

this is meant to be very very impressive

now for the Aggie statue of Athena

herself a lot of things going on here

she is gonna be standing with a statue

and the statue let me see if we can

actually turn on camera mode here which

will allow me to zoom in there we go so

you can see that statue is gonna be a

small winged figure and that is supposed

to be openly let me cancel out of this

and that is supposed to be the well Nike

victory and so essentially what this is

supposed to represent his Athena is

offering victory to the Athenians

and as we get maybe a little bit closer

we can expect some more inspect some

more of the details so you can see on

her chest is gonna be a representation

of Medusa then you have her large shield

here with all sorts of details and

scribed on the side and you're gonna be

seeing also a snake and that's one of

the other creatures that was often

associated with Athena so it's gonna be

curled around her so this is gonna be

the whole use of the holy sites up on

top of the Parthenon where you could

potentially make your offerings but you

probably have to seek the help of a

priest so with that being said let's now

head outside and that is gonna be

wrapping up for a tour we can going on

for quite some time now but I really

hope you guys enjoyed and I have

absolutely loved being able to explore

ancient Athens let's go ahead and pop on

my Eagle mode here and there is so so

much more to be explored when it comes

to this game and ancient history that I

hope you guys will join me for future

episodes let me know what other areas

you'd like me to explore and if you have

any comments about this particular one

questions and hopefully I can bring on

maybe even a historian in the future to

discuss these things so yep

that's gonna be it for this episode see

you in the next one peace out

you