from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Ictinus fl. fifth century B.C. Greek architect and the chief designer of the Parthenon at Athens.


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  • Neither was it the shade of Ictinus, the building's architect; nor that of Phidias, who sculpted the gold-and-ivory effigy of the goddess that nearly touched the inner sanctum's forty-foot ceiling.

    Grading the New Acropolis

  • This represents seventy-five great artists of all ages, in conversation, assembled in groups on either hand of a central elevation of white marble steps, on the topmost of which are three thrones filled by the creators of the Parthenon: architect Phidias, sculptor Ictinus, and painter Apelles, symbolizing the unity of these arts.

    Paul Delaroche – Hemicycle of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts 1841 |

  • For Callicrates and Ictinus built the Parthenon; the chapel at Eleusis, where the mysteries were celebrated, was begun by Coroebus, who erected the pillars that stand upon the floor or pavement, and joined them to the architraves; and after his death Metagenes of Xypete added the frieze and the upper line of columns; Xenocles of Cholargus roofed or arched the lantern on the top of the temple of Castor and

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • ‘You cannot have thought this through,’ said Ictinus.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • Ictinus irritated him, but as the elected representative of Thespiae he had to be tolerated.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • ‘We will not engage them in open battle, will we, Epaminondas?’ asked Ictinus.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • But behind the cavalry the Thespians, led by Ictinus, turned and fled from the field.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • ‘I will see you in an hour, Ictinus - with the other Boeotarchs,’ snapped Epaminondas.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • On the extreme right were the Thespians under Ictinus, forming their phalanx behind Parmenion and the 400 horsemen.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • Hearing a sound from behind he looked up to see the Thespian general, Ictinus.

    Lion Of Macedon


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