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File #: RS2022-1764    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/18/2022 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 9/6/2022 Final action: 9/6/2022
Title: A resolution recognizing the 125th anniversary of the Parthenon.
Sponsors: Russ Bradford, Brandon Taylor, Zulfat Suara, Burkley Allen, Delishia Porterfield
A resolution recognizing the 125th anniversary of the Parthenon.

WHEREAS, in 1824, classical scholar and college president Philip Lindsley arrived in Nashville with a vision "to create on the frontier, a new Athens, dedicated to Education and the Arts"; and

WHEREAS, throughout the 19th century, the city evolved from its frontier roots as "The Athens of the West" into "The Athens of the South," dotted with classical architecture and boasting outstanding universities; and

WHEREAS, city leaders breathed life into Lindsley's vision, creating as a centerpiece of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, an arts building boldly replicating the iconic ancient Parthenon; and

WHEREAS, the Parthenon was designed by architect William Crawford Smith and built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in reference to Nashville's nickname as the "Athens of the South" and is the world's only full-scaled replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece; and

WHEREAS, originally built of plaster, wood, and brick it was not intended to be permanent, but the cost of demolition combined with its popularity resulted in it being left standing after the Exposition ended. Two decades later the landmark was rebuilt on the same foundations using concrete; and

WHEREAS, the Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park and contains the 42-foot tall Athena Parthenos by Nashville sculptor Alan LeQuire which is a careful reconstruction of the long-lost original in Greece; and

WHEREAS, the plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures, which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of these fragments are housed in the British Museum in London; and

WHEREAS, Greece selected Nashville as the headquarters for the U.S. branch of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy based largely on the presence of the Parthenon; and

WHEREAS, the Parthe...

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