The Parthenon: From Antiquity to the Present

The Parthenon: From Antiquity to the Present

by Jenifer Neils
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521820936

ISBN-13: 9780521820936

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

Overview

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 new essays on various aspects of this world-renowned temple, this book offers: the dramatic setting of the Parthenon, 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, and the techniques employed in making the colossal gold-and-ivory cult statute; 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521820936
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
454
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : a classical icon1
1Space and theme : the setting of the Parthenon9
2Wealth, power, and prestige : Athens at home and abroad35
3The architecture and architects of the classical Parthenon67
4Bending the truth : curvature and other refinements of the Parthenon101
5Celebrations of victory : the metopes of the Parthenon159
6"With noblest images on all sides" : the ionic frieze of the Parthenon199
7Fire from heaven : pediments and akroteria of the Parthenon225
8The statute of Athena and other treasures in the Parthenon261
9"Bestride the very peak of heaven" : the Parthenon after antiquity293
10"Well recorded worth" : photographs of the Parthenon331
11The Parthenon in the modern era363

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