The Parthenon - HeaderBuilt almost 2 500 years ago, the Parthenon is a testament to the cultural, scientific and artistic sophistication of the Ancient Greeks. Although the building has been damaged in war and stripped of many of its features, the architectural magnitude of the Parthenon is still clear.

The Parthenon and the Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Image of the Parthenon - wikipedia
(Image from Wikipedia)

To genuinely appreciate the grandeur of the Parthenon, one needs to explore the Acropolis.  Regrettably, this opportunity is unavailable to most people, making the development of a genuine appreciation difficult.  Virtual learning environments (VLEs) provide a valuable, alternative experience.

Exterior of the virtual reconstruction of the Parthenon
EAW - The Parthenon
(Image from EAW - The Parthenon)

About this project‘Exploring Ancient Wonders: The Parthenon’ uses computer game technology to recreate the Parthenon in its original form.  It allows users to engage with, from a first-person perspective, this ancient wonder through self-directed exploration.  Information about the history and architecture of the Parthenon is available at information markers and via a fly-by cinematic.

An information marker. The number above the marker corresponds to the map on the worksheet.
Image of an information marker
(Image from EAW - The Parthenon)


Example of feature labels and diagramatic illustrations to complement audio explanations.
Example of presentation of information in virtual space
(Image from EAW - The Parthenon)


This is a proof-of-concept project designed to:

  • demonstrate the viability of creating a VLE using UnrealEngine2 Runtime;
  • assess the educational value of learning in a VLE;
  • identify avenues for future research.

It was developed as part of course work for 7078CTL-Computer Education Research Project, Master of Education, Griffith University.  The academic research outcomes of the project can be accessed on the research page and including a full research report.

This reconstruction of the Parthenon was developed with reference to commonly available information – refer to the credits page.  Given the age and state of the building, some academic disagreement exists about various elements.  In such cases, the most common interpretation has been used.  The information is presented in a form that is most suitable to the target audience – young adolescents (students approximately 13 years old).  While every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, ‘Exploring Ancient Wonders: The Parthenon’ should not be considered an authoritative sources of information about the Parthenon.

Information about this project was recently presented at the 2007 QSITE Conference and a PDF version of the presentation is available to download.

In order to use this project, you will need to download and install the freely-available demonstration version of UnrealEngine2 Runtime.  The project files should then be downloaded and installed

Yes, this is free!‘Exploring Ancient Wonders: The Parthenon’ is free.  You are permitted to download and install UnrealEngine2 Runtime demo and this project on as many computers as you need.  You may distribute the project files via other means (for example: CD-ROM, email, FTP, etc) on the condition that all files in the package remain unaltered and files are not added. Articles and information published about ‘Exploring Ancient Wonders: The Parthenon’ should include a reference to this site.

Please respect the author’s right to claim ownership of and recognition for this intellectual property.  As such, you are not permitted to:

  1. alter this project or its files without the express, written permission of the author;
  2. use the project files as the basis for other work without the express, written permission of the author;
  3. use this project as the basis for future research without, firstly, gaining written approval of the author, and secondly, recognising the author in any subsequent dissemination or publication of research outcomes.

‘Exploring Ancient Wonders: The Parthenon’ is copyright Chris Blundell, 2006.  All content was created by Chris Blundell, except photographic images which were accessed and utilised in accord with the GNU license.  Refer to the credits page for more information.

Exploring Ancient Wonders: The Parthenon © Chris Blundell, 2007
Revised: January 1, 2009