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The Parthenon Enigma

Author : Joan Breton Connelly
Publisher : Vintage
Page : 512 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2014-01-28
Category : History
ISBN : 9780385350501

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Built in the fifth century b.c., the Parthenon has been venerated for more than two millennia as the West’s ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. Since the Enlightenment, it has also come to represent our political ideals, the lavish temple to the goddess Athena serving as the model for our most hallowed civic architecture. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own? And apart from the significance with which we have invested it, what exactly did this marvel of human hands mean to those who made it? In this revolutionary book, Joan Breton Connelly challenges our most basic assumptions about the Parthenon and the ancient Athenians. Beginning with the natural environment and its rich mythic associations, she re-creates the development of the Acropolis—the Sacred Rock at the heart of the city-state—from its prehistoric origins to its Periklean glory days as a constellation of temples among which the Parthenon stood supreme. In particular, she probes the Parthenon’s legendary frieze: the 525-foot-long relief sculpture that originally encircled the upper reaches before it was partially destroyed by Venetian cannon fire (in the seventeenth century) and most of what remained was shipped off to Britain (in the nineteenth century) among the Elgin marbles. The frieze’s vast enigmatic procession—a dazzling pageant of cavalrymen and elders, musicians and maidens—has for more than two hundred years been thought to represent a scene of annual civic celebration in the birthplace of democracy. But thanks to a once-lost play by Euripides (the discovery of which, in the wrappings of a Hellenistic Egyptian mummy, is only one of this book’s intriguing adventures), Connelly has uncovered a long-buried meaning, a story of human sacrifice set during the city’s mythic founding. In a society startlingly preoccupied with cult ritual, this story was at the core of what it meant to be Athenian. Connelly reveals a world that beggars our popular notions of Athens as a city of staid philosophers, rationalists, and rhetoricians, a world in which our modern secular conception of democracy would have been simply incomprehensible. The Parthenon’s full significance has been obscured until now owing in no small part, Connelly argues, to the frieze’s dismemberment. And so her investigation concludes with a call to reunite the pieces, in order that what is perhaps the greatest single work of art surviving from antiquity may be viewed more nearly as its makers intended. Marshalling a breathtaking range of textual and visual evidence, full of fresh insights woven into a thrilling narrative that brings the distant past to life, The Parthenon Enigma is sure to become a landmark in our understanding of the civilization from which we claim cultural descent.

Where Is the Parthenon?

Author : Roberta Edwards,Who HQ
Publisher : Penguin Workshop
Page : 116 pages
File Size : 47,8 Mb
Release : 2016-01-19
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9780448488899

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Where Is the Parthenon? by Roberta Edwards,Who HQ Pdf

Traces the history of the grand temple to the goddess Athena which has sat atop the Acropolis above Athens, Greece, since 432 BC.

The Parthenon

Author : Mary Beard
Publisher : Profile Books
Page : 220 pages
File Size : 55,8 Mb
Release : 2010-12-09
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781847650634

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The ruined silhouette of the Parthenon on its hill above Athens is one of the world's most famous images. Its 'looted' Elgin Marbles are a global cause celebre. But what actually are they? In a revised and updated edition, Mary Beard, award winning writer, reviewer and leading Cambridge classicist, tells the history and explains the significance of the Parthenon, the temple of the virgin goddess Athena, the divine patroness of ancient Athens.

The Parthenon Sculptures

Author : Ian Dennis Jenkins
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Page : 152 pages
File Size : 41,9 Mb
Release : 2007
Category : Art
ISBN : 0674026926

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The Parthenon sculptures in the British Museum are unrivaled examples of classical Greek art, an inspiration to artists and writers since their creation in the fifth century bce. A superb visual introduction to these wonders of antiquity, this book offers a photographic tour of the most famous of the surviving sculptures from ancient Greece, viewed within their cultural and art-historical context. Ian Jenkins offers an account of the history of the Parthenon and its architectural refinements. He introduces the sculptures as architecture--pediments, metopes, Ionic frieze--and provides an overview of their subject matter and possible meaning for the people of ancient Athens. Accompanying photographs focus on the pediment sculptures that filled the triangular gables at each end of the temple; the metopes that crowned the architrave surmounting the outer columns; and the frieze that ran around the four sides of the building, inside the colonnade. Comparative images, showing the sculptures in full and fine detail, bring out particular features of design and help to contrast Greek ideas with those of other cultures. The book further reflects on how, over 2,500 years, the cultural identity of the Parthenon sculptures has changed. In particular, Jenkins expands on the irony of our intimate knowledge and appreciation of the sculptures--a relationship far more intense than that experienced by their ancient, intended spectators--as they have been transformed from architectural ornaments into objects of art.


Author : Lynn Curlee
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 40 pages
File Size : 45,8 Mb
Release : 2004-07
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9780689844904

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A detailed history of the Parthenon exploring its construction and restoration.

The Parthenon

Author : Jenifer Neils
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 468 pages
File Size : 52,7 Mb
Release : 2005-09-05
Category : Art
ISBN : 0521820936

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Provides an overview of a classical monument interjected with the discoveries of modern scholarship.

The Elgin Marbles

Author : Christopher Hitchens,Robert Browning,Graham Binns
Publisher : Verso
Page : 164 pages
File Size : 47,8 Mb
Release : 1997
Category : Art
ISBN : 1859842208

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The Elgin Marbles by Christopher Hitchens,Robert Browning,Graham Binns Pdf

The Elgin Marbles, designed and executed by Phidias to adorn the Parthenon, are some of the most beautiful sculptures of ancient Greece. In 1801 Lord Elgin, then British ambassador to the Turkish government in Athens, had pieces of the frieze sawn off and removed to Britain, where they remain, igniting a storm of controversy which has continued to the present day. In the first full-length work on this fiercely debated issue, Christopher Hitchens recounts the history of these precious sculptures and forcefully makes the case for their return to Greece. Drawing out the artistic, moral, legal and political perspectives of the argument, Hitchens's eloquent prose makes The Elgin Marbles an invaluable contribution to one of the most important cultural controversies of our times.

The Stones of the Parthenon

Author : Manolēs Korres
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Page : 80 pages
File Size : 52,9 Mb
Release : 2000
Category : Architecture
ISBN : UOM:39015050316754

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The Stones of the Parthenon by Manolēs Korres Pdf

Most visitors to the Acropolis in Athens pause to wonder how the large marble pieces were hauled up the sacred mount. In fact, even with today's far more advanced construction equipment, it would be impossible to match the precision with which the ancient builders built the imposing structures of the Parthenon in just eight years! The Stones of the Parthenon is a riveting investigation of the technological achievements of the ancient Greeks. This highly readable account explains how an 11-ton Doric column capital was quarried and transported to Athens. The author's intricate line drawings clearly illustrate the methods and tools employed in the accomplishment of this feat of ancient craftsmanship.

The Real Life of the Parthenon

Author : Patricia Vigderman
Publisher : Mad Creek Books
Page : 195 pages
File Size : 49,8 Mb
Release : 2018
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 0814254586

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Ruminates on ancient remains and antiquities, illuminating an important element of contemporary cultural life: the dynamic between loss and delight.

The Treasures of the Parthenon and Erechtheion

Author : Diane Harris,Diane Harris Cline
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 330 pages
File Size : 51,5 Mb
Release : 1995
Category : Art
ISBN : 0198149409

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The Treasures of the Parthenon and Erechtheion by Diane Harris,Diane Harris Cline Pdf

The two hundred fragments of these stelai which have survived are the only evidence for these cult objects, gifts to Athena, and treasures of the city, since the items themselves have long since vanished - either stolen, melted down, or disintegrated. This volume presents the evidence for these ancient treasures for the first time, and provides data with important implications for the history of Athens and Greek religion. Chapters include a history of the treasures on the Acropolis, catalogues of each object kept in the Opisthodomus, Proneos, Parthenon, Hekatompedos Neos, and Erechtheion, and an analysis of the individual worshippers and allied-city states who gave gifts and offerings to their goddess, Athena.

The Parthenon Marbles

Author : Christopher Hitchens
Publisher : Verso Books
Page : 192 pages
File Size : 43,8 Mb
Release : 2016-06-14
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781786631824

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The Parthenon Marbles by Christopher Hitchens Pdf

The most powerful case yet made for the return of the Parthenon Marbles The Parthenon Marbles (formerly known as the Elgin Marbles), designed and executed by Pheidias to adorn the Parthenon, are perhaps the greatest of all classical sculptures. In 1801, Lord Elgin, then ambassador to the Turkish government, had chunks of the frieze sawn off and shipped to England, where they were subsequently seized by Parliament and sold to the British Museum to help pay off his debts. This scandal, exacerbated by the inept handling of the sculptures by their self-appointed guardians, remains unresolved to this day. In his fierce, eloquent account of a shameful piece of British imperial history, Christopher Hitchens makes the moral, artistic, legal and political case for re-unifying the Parthenon frieze in Athens. The opening of the New Acropolis Museum emphatically trumps the British Museum’s long-standing (if always questionable) objection that there is nowhere in Athens to house the Parthenon Marbles. With contributions by Nadine Gordimer and Professor Charalambos Bouras, The Parthenon Marbles will surely end all arguments about where these great treasures belong, and help bring a two-centuries-old disgrace to a just conclusion.

The Pediments of the Parthenon

Author : Palagia
Publisher : BRILL
Page : 176 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2022-12-12
Category : Art
ISBN : 9789004527416

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The Parthenon Enigma

Author : Joan Breton Connelly
Publisher : Knopf
Page : 521 pages
File Size : 45,9 Mb
Release : 2014
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9780307593382

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"A revolutionary new understanding of the West's most iconic building and the people who made it"--Jacket.

The Parthenon and Its Impact in Modern Times

Author : Panayotis Tournikiotis
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 376 pages
File Size : 53,7 Mb
Release : 1996
Category : Athens (Greece)
ISBN : UOM:39015036071507

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The Parthenon and Its Impact in Modern Times by Panayotis Tournikiotis Pdf

Few if any would dispute the Parthenon's position as the most important monument in Western civilization. In its art and architecture, it is the ultimate expression of the golden age of Pericles, when democracy was born.

The Parthenon Cookbook

Author : Camille Stagg
Publisher : Agate Publishing
Page : 146 pages
File Size : 52,7 Mb
Release : 2009-03-01
Category : Cooking
ISBN : 9781572846449

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The Parthenon Cookbook by Camille Stagg Pdf

This collection of terrific Greek recipes, from old favorites to unique house specialties, is also a tribute to the oldest restaurant in Chicago's fabled Greektown, a landmark innovator of legendary dishes like saganaki and the first gyros in Chicago. Filled with colorful history and lush photographs, the book features 40 of the restaurant’s most popular recipes from all courses, appetizers to desserts. They include Feta a la Soto, Marathon Salad with Shrimp, Moussaka, Sokolatina, and more. In addition, Greek wine pairings are included as well as full Greek dinner menus with tips for entertaining.