Term Paper: Ritualistic, Religious, and Practical Uses

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[. . .] The Greeks loved entertainment and went to music performances, singing, sports events, and plays. Everyone was allowed to go, except people on jail, and slaves. For plays, the actors were Greek men who liked acting. In addition, the actors wore large masks so the people in the back rows could see them. The masks showed what type of character that actor was playing. For sports, the athletes wore no clothes and engaged in activities such as chariot racing, long jump, javelin, discus, wrestling, and running.


Although the Acropolis was laid waste by the Persians in 480 B.C., remains of the Parthenon, Erechtheum, and Propylaea still stand. The Acropolis was gradually restored after Greece gained its independence from Ottoman rule in 1829. Early restoration efforts concentrated on removing all additions constructed after the classical period ended in 323 BC. In the 20th century, air pollution and the thousands of annual visitors to the Acropolis also caused serious damage, and measures taken from the 1970s on have focused on protecting and preserving the buildings on the Acropolis. For example, the Erechtheum's caryatids were removed and replaced with marble casts of the originals. Visitors may view the original caryatids in the Acropolis Museum and the British Museum. Reconstruction work began on the Parthenon in 1981 after it suffered earthquake damage. In 2001, the Greek government announced that scaffolding covering the Parthenon during its restoration would be removed in time for the Summer Olympic Games scheduled to be held in Athens in 2004.


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