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The Parthenon Frieze

The Parthenon Frieze

  • Author: Jenifer Neils, American School of Classical Studies, Athens
  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521684026

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  • The Parthenon frieze, one of Western civilization's major monuments, has been the subject of intense study for over two hundred years. Most scholarship has sought an overall interpretation of the monument's iconography and therefore neglects the visual language of the sculpture, an essential tool for a full understanding of the narrative. Dr Jenifer Neils's study provides an in-depth examination of the frieze which decodes its visual language, but also analyzes its conception and design, style and content, and impact on the visual arts over time. Unique in its wide-ranging approach, The Parthenon Frieze also brings ethical reasoning to bear on the issue of repatriation as part of the ongoing debate on the Elgin Marbles.

    • Uses other art forms (vases, sculptures, etc.) to elucidate the frieze
    • Discusses impact of frieze on later art (e.g. Renaissance, Impressionism)
    • Relates frieze to cultural property debate (Elgin Marbles)
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    '… a valuable book that will appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike … The Parthenon Frieze will certainly find a place in many libraries, both institutional and personal, and it establishes high standards for other scholars aspiring to reexamine a significant monument of classical art.' The Classical Journal

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    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521684026
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 177 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.817kg
    • contains: 174 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    Polis: the context of ritual
    Paradeigma: designing the frieze
    Techne: carving the frieze
    Mimesis: the high classical style
    Iconographia: identifying the players
    Iconologia: interpreting the frieze
    Kleos: the impact of the frieze
    Thauma: whose heritage?

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    Jenifer Neils, American School of Classical Studies, Athens
    Dr. Jenifer Neils is Ruth Coutler Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, where she has taught since 1980. A scholar of Greek art and archaeology, she organized the exhibition “Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens” and edited the exhibition catalogue. Neils is also author of The Youthful Deeds of Theseus, the second Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Parthenon: From Antiquity to the Present.

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