West pediment

The pediments are triangular spaces, placed on the top of the east and west side of the temple's roof. They hold colossal statues in their middle. Their themes were drawn from Greek mythology. The east pediment above the temple entrance depicted the birth of the Goddess Athena from the head of her father, Zeus, in the presence of the Olympic gods. The west pediment illustrates the dispute between Athena and Poseidon for the claim of Attica land, a legendary fight that resulted in Athena’s victory.

Web environment for displaying the surving sculptures of the Parthenon monument's west pediment

The color points showing the current location of each west pediment sculpture

Explore the west pediment