Environment: Saving the Crumbling Parthenon

Experts plan to treat the ravages of rust, fumes and war

Sing, Goddess, of Architect Manolis Korres, 35, and the Committee for the Preservation of the Acropolis Monuments, scientists from many nations gathered in Athens, casting off fear as before a great battle, to plan restoration of the most beautiful wonder of the ancient world: the marble Parthenon. That hilltop temple of Zeus' daughter, Athena the Virgin (Athena Parthenos), has for 2,400 years brought glory to Phidias, sculptor of its fluted columns, and to farseeing Pericles, and to all the Hellenes.

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