The frieze of the Parthenon is a continuous band with representations in relief that encircles the upper part of the cella, the main part of the temple within the outer colonnade. The theme represented was the procession to the Acropolis that formed part of the Great Panathenaia. The west side depicts the preparation for the procession. The long sides, North and South, depict the main procession with the groups of horsemen and chariots and the sacrificial procession of offerings and animals. On either end of the east side are the heads of the procession and in the middle the gods and goddesses and the main cult scene with the handing over of the peplos.
Select a frieze side on the model of the Parthenon to explore each block of the frieze.