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From Athens and Arcadia on one side of the Aegean Sea and from Ionia, Lycia, and Karia on the other, this book brings together some of the great monuments of classical antiquity --among them two of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the later temple of Artemis at Ephesos and the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos.

Drawing on the Greek and Lycian architecture and sculpture in the British Museum--a collection second to none in quality, quantity, and geographical and chronological range--this lavishly illustrated volume tells a remarkable story reaching from the archaic temple of Artemis, the Parthenon, and other temples of the Athenian Acropolis to the temple of Apollo at Bassai, the sculptured tombs of Lycia, the Mausoleum, and the temple of Athena Polias at Priene. Ian Jenkins explains each as a work of art and as a historical phenomenon, revealing how the complex personality of these buildings is bound up with the people who funded, designed, built, used, destroyed, discovered, and studied them. With 250 photographs and specially commissioned line drawings, the book comprises a monumental narrative of the art and architecture that gave form, direction, and meaning to much of Western culture.

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Charleston Post and Courier

Jenkins places each monument in its historical and cultural context, discusses its architectural features and its sculptures, and describes its archaeological rediscovery...The volume is finely illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings. It is a real treasure for anyone interested in Greek history and architecture.
— Margaret W. Garrett

Charleston Post and Courier - Margaret W. Garrett
Jenkins places each monument in its historical and cultural context, discusses its architectural features and its sculptures, and describes its archaeological rediscovery...The volume is finely illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings. It is a real treasure for anyone interested in Greek history and architecture.
Publishers Weekly
This overview aimed at the general reader is dense but fast-moving, despite its occasional detours into musty scholarly controversies. Jenkins focuses almost exclusively on temples and tombs whose artifacts can be seen at the British Museum, where he is senior curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities. This arbitrary framework turns out to be as good as any for a long view of ancient Greek buildings and sculpture, given the breadth of the museum's holdings. Jenkins's accounts of the Parthenon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesos and half a dozen other sites are wrapped in deft capsule histories of the political situations that gave rise to them. Hundreds of mostly color photos and diagrams, smartly laid out for easy reference to the corresponding text, usually make the most obscure of his points comprehensible-his theory of how the drainage from the roof of the Artemision Temple worked, for example. A few times Jenkins discusses, in somewhat excruciating detail, questions unlikely to excite the nonspecialist (e.g., the apparently passionate debate among scholars about exactly how many columns were in that same Artemision Temple). But for the most part, the smart design and the author's obvious enthusiasm for his subject make this an accessible and lively survey. (Jan. 15) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674023888
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Jenkins is Senior Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the British Museum, where he has responsibility for the Greek collections. His many publications include Archaeologists and Aesthetes and The Parthenon Frieze.
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Table of Contents


Preface     8
Introduction     10
Map     12
Enlightenment and Renaissance     14
Greek Temples - Form and Meaning     26
The Temples of Artemis at Ephesos     47
The Parthenon and Its Sculptures     71
The Athenian Acropolis - Propylaea, Nike Temple and Erechtheum     108
The Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassai     130
Lycian Tombs     151
The Nereid Monument     186
The Mausoleum at Halikarnassos     203
The Temple of Athena Polias at Priene     236
Notes     250
Bibliography     258
Index     266
Illustration Acknowledgements     272
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Robots     28
Emergency rockets     30
Space rescue     32
Glossary     34
Find out more     35
Index     36
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