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Thursday, September 17

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After toodling around Pennsylvania, touring the US Mint, Independence Hall, Iron Furnace, and Hershey Factory, we hopped in the car and headed south down I-81.  We've driven across most of the country in the past year, but this is one road that we'll be happy to never set wheels on again!  Six hours, and one hundred twenty miles, later (you do the math) we quit for the evening.
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!
Take some time to identify the gods and goddesses as you look at them.  Next identify what type of column was used to build the Parthenon.  
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!

For more on Greek Mythology, check out our post Z is for Zeus!

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