Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyBuilt in the fifth century B.C. as a temple to the goddess Athena, the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church in the seventh century, and in 1460, Mehmet II, conqueror of Constantinople, converted it into a mosque. The building sank into obscurity, and was rediscovered as a monument of matchless perfection, symbol of Athenian democracy, only in the 18th century. In this stunningly beautiful album featuring 336 illustrations (138 in color), an international team of architects, archeologists and art historians follow the Parthenon's changing fortunes and gauge its shifting image, in various epochs, as a romantic touchstone of antiquity, a classical gateway to eternity and a symbol of the triumph of reason over primordial forces. The influence of the Parthenon's sculpture and architecture on Rodin, Viollet-Le-Duc, Henry Moore, Picasso and Le Corbusier is discussed; one essay chronicles the temple's eight successive restorations from the fourth century onward; another examines its use as a national symbol in modern Greek ads, paintings and cartoons. Tournikiotis is an architect and professor in Athens. (Aug.)
The Parthenon was built in the fifth century B.C. as a temple to the goddess Athena; today, it is a symbol of the noblest roots of Western society.
School Library JournalYAThis oversized book covers many aspects and perspectives of the Parthenon through 11 original essays by noted Greek scholars and writers. The structure is discussed and pictured as a relic of the past and as a monument to the foundations of democracy, architecture, and philosophy on which the modern Western world is built. YAs should find this book to be a tremendous resource for reports in practically any subject from technical drawing or U.S. government, to mathematics and warfare. Each illustration and photograph evokes the mystery of ancient times and the beginning of the modern era. By delving into this wonderful work, readers can experience the impact that this amazing structure has had on the lives of millions of people. The essays are quite detailed and thoughtfully written. One could readily return to Parthenon time and time again just to browse the countless pictures and diagrams or to find many insights and sources for further exploration.Dino Vretos, formerly at Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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