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The Parthenon and its Sculptures


Michael B. Cosmopoulos, Sarantis Symeonoglou, Jenifer Neils, John G. Younger, Noel Robertson, Georgios Mostratos, Katherine A. Schwab, William St. Clair, Robert Picken, Scott Pike
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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521130134

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  • Few monuments have fascinated people as much as the Parthenon. Two and a half millennia after its construction, this monument continues to generate important research across a wide range of fields, from classics and art history to archaeology and the physical sciences. This book, which grows out of a conference held at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, presents the latest developments in Parthenon research by an international cast of scholars and scientists. It offers new interpretations of some of the most crucial issues, ranging from the authorship of the frieze to the reconstruction of its missing sculpture, as well as the sociopolitical context in which the monument was created and the application of new technologies in Parthenon studies. Showcasing the most up to date research on the Parthenon, this book not only presents the current state of Parthenon studies but also marks the future direction of scholarship.

    • The latest developments in the research on the Parthenon and its sculptures
    • Interdisciplinary chapters, from art history to the use of new technologies and scientific analysis
    • New methodological approaches
    • Chapters authored by some of the leading international scholars in the field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Cosmopoulos's volume, with its diversity of topics and approaches, shows us that the Parthenon is still relevant, simply because there are new questions to continually ask and answer.' CAA Reviews

    '… [The Parthenon and its Sculptures] constitutes [a] welcome addition to studies on the most famous monument in ancient Athens.' The Classical Outlook

    '… a useful guide to the latest research on the monument and to where that research may lead.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521130134
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 177 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the methodological framework of Parthenon studies Michael B. Cosmopoulos
    1. A new analysis of the Parthenon frieze Sarantis Symeonoglou
    2. Classic moments: time in the Parthenon frieze Jenifer Neils
    3. Work sections and repeating patterns in the Parthenon frieze John G. Younger
    4. Pandora and the Panathenaic Peplos Noel Robertson
    5. A reconstruction of the Parthenon's east pediment Georgios Mostratos
    6. The Parthenon East Metopes, the Gigantomachy, and digital technology Katherine A. Schwab
    7. The Parthenon in 1687: new sources William St. Clair and Robert Picken
    8. IntraQuarry sourcing of the Parthenon marbles: applications of the Pentelic Marble Stable Isotope Database Scott Pike
    9. Conclusion: the current state of Parthenon research Jenifer Neils.

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

    • Art History: Prehistoric to Medieval
    • Greek Sculpture
    • World History or Western Civilization
  • Editor

    Michael B. Cosmopoulos, University of Missouri, St Louis
    Michael B. Cosmopoulos is the Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Chair of Greek Studies and Professor of Greek Archaeology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. An archaeologist of ancient Greece, he has authored and edited eleven books, including The Rural History of Ancient Greek City-States and Greek Mysteries: The Archaeology and Ritual of Greek Secret Cults.


    Michael B. Cosmopoulos, Sarantis Symeonoglou, Jenifer Neils, John G. Younger, Noel Robertson, Georgios Mostratos, Katherine A. Schwab, William St. Clair, Robert Picken, Scott Pike

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