With all that sitting-in-traffic time, we got to play around with the new car's features and learn a few things. The next stop was Nashville, so we set the radio for classic country, to get into the mood!
Finally, better late than never, we rolled into Centennial Park, where there is an exact replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. You can pay to go in and see the replica Athena statue, but you can also get a great history lesson without going inside.
We had recently finished our study of Ancient Greece, so we took some time to study the friezes on the pediment of the temple. Inside the building are the actual molds used to re-create the frieze. You can follow the process of copying the original Parthenon in Greece, and 'meet' the team that made it happen!
Contrary to popular impression, Greek statues and temples were not pure white. They were painted in what we would regard today as bright, garish colors. Case in point, check out Athena and her accoutrements.
From the Parthenon, head over to the obelisk that's going to be to your left on the backside of the Parthenon. This park was created to celebrate Nashville's Centennial, and they've got an amazing historical monument celebrating the achievements of Nashville. Take some time to see what they considered to be important about their town. While you're at it, stroll around Centennial Park. It's a great leg-stretch stop!
Greek Goddesses Unit
- Ancient Greece lapbook
- Greek Mythology activity book
- Facts about Athena, the goddess
- Athena Barbie activity
- How Well Do You Know the Goddesses?
- Greek Gods crossword
- Story of the World (volume 1) and Activity Guide
- The Olive and the Caper (Greek cooking)
- While Percy Jackson is a big hit with the boys in my life, I've found the Goddess Girls series to be much more popular with the girls. Both sets of books are entertaining, while informational.