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The Parthenon

The Parthenon
From Antiquity to the Present

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  • Editor: Jenifer Neils, American School of Classical Studies, Athens
Jeffery Hurwit, Lisa Kallet, Barbara A. Barletta, Lothar Haselberger, Katherine Schwab, Jenifer Neils, Olga Palagia, Kenneth Lapatin, Robert Ousterhout, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Richard A. Etlin
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  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521820936

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  • This volume offers an overview of the Parthenon from antiquity to the modern era. Recent discoveries, such as the marble sculpture fragments found during the current restoration work on the Acropolis, or a vase excavated in Northern Greece whose decoration echoes a lost pedimental composition, have forced scholars to reconsider many aspects of one of the most important monuments of classical antiquity. Bringing together essays on various aspects of this world-renowned temple, this book examines the dramatic setting of the temple and its impact on modern architects such as Le Corbusier; new reconstructions and interpretations of Pheidias’ vast sculptural program; in-depth analysis of architectural refinements; the techniques employed in making the colossal gold-and-ivory cult statue; and a consideration of the Christian and Muslim phases of the Parthenon’s history. Collectively, they enhance our understanding of one of the icons of Western art.

    • Features colour plates of new reconstructions
    • Essay authors are experts in their respective fields and their essays represent the newest thinking on these topics
    • Covers a wide range of subject matter and the time period from antiquity to the present
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this is a tome for specialists – and, as such, rather a good one."
    -Times Literary Supplement

    "well-produced and richly illustrated...The Parthenon is an impressive achievement in its range and diversity of approaches, and the specialist, as well as the layperson, is certain to gain from it insights into the most revered of western architectural icons."
    -Craige B. Champion, Syracuse University, The Classical Outlook

    "This volume is a valuable resource in assessing the significance of the Parthenon. It provides the necessary information for evaluating both the ancient and modern role of the building which has become a touchstone of Western civilization and which, as such, needs periodic interrogation. All the essays in this volume are of high quality and well illustrated with photographs and diagrams. Scholars, students and non-specialist readers will all find valuable material here."
    -Mary Ann Eaverly, University of Florida, Gainesville The Classical Bulletin

    "The contributors to this volume are all leading scholars who have written extensively on specific aspects of the Parthenon, and their essays are not only authoritative syntheses of their own earlier work but also form an engaging assessment of current research, problems, and directions for future study. This valuable book is clearly intended for advanced students and established scholars and succeeds admirably in providing a thoughtful overview and summary of the state of Parthenon studies at the beginning of the 21st century." --Kevin Glowacki, American Journal of Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521820936
    • length: 454 pages
    • dimensions: 263 x 187 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Space and theme: the setting of the Parthenon Jeffery Hurwit
    2. Wealth, power and prestige: classical Athens at home and abroad Lisa Kallet
    3. The architecture and architects of the classical Parthenon Barbara A. Barletta
    4. Bending the truth: curvature and other refinements Lothar Haselberger
    5. A celebration of Victory: the Metopes Katherine Schwab
    6. 'Noblest images on all sides': the ionic frieze Jenifer Neils
    7. Fire from heaven: the pediments and Akroteria Olga Palagia
    8. The statue of Athena and other treasures Kenneth Lapatin
    9. 'Bestride the very peak of heaven': the Parthenon after antiquity Robert Ousterhout
    10. 'Well recorded worth': photographs of the Parthenon Andrew Szegedy-Maszak
    11. The Parthenon in the modern era Richard A. Etlin.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ancient art
    • Archaic and Classical Greek Art and Architecture
    • The Art of Ancient Greece
  • Editor

    Jenifer Neils, American School of Classical Studies, Athens
    Jenifer Neils is Ruther Coulter Heede Professor of Art History and Classics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.


    Jeffery Hurwit, Lisa Kallet, Barbara A. Barletta, Lothar Haselberger, Katherine Schwab, Jenifer Neils, Olga Palagia, Kenneth Lapatin, Robert Ousterhout, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Richard A. Etlin

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