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This is the only comprehensive account of the Parthenon pediments in English and the first in any language since 1963. It serves as an up-to-date introduction to their study and includes new proposals for the restoration and interpretation of their composition. Debate on the Parthenon pediments has concentrated on the interpretation of individual figures, the restoration of the missing parts and the question of Roman repairs. The present study is based on autopsy and considers the evidence of technical details. It questions the attribution of certain familiar pieces and offers new suggestions for restoring the east pediment. All sculptures are illustrated, some with photographs taken especially for this book, and there are new drawings of the restorations proposed by the author. Chapter 1 is a general introduction to the study of the pediments. It includes an assessment of the documentation and a summary of stylistic and technical characteristics of the sculptures. Chapters 2 and 3 treat each pediment separately. The discussion of individual sculptures is incorporated in a continuous narrative which sets them within the context of the overall composition.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Libraries supporting courses or research in these areas should own this book.'
Amy L. Wordelman, Religious Studies Review, 1994.
'...a useful monograph.'
Greece and Rome 1993.
'...fine new synthesis...tackles the major issues head-on...'
Ian Jenkins, Bvrlington Magazine, 1993.
'Her painstaking efforts have greatly enhanced the accesibility of these difficult sculptures to a wider readership than ever before and will certainly stimulate further research.'
Ian Jenkins, Journal of Hellenic Studies, 1994.
'Zusammenfassend darf man festhalten, daß die neue Publikation von Olga Palagia für dei Auseinandersetzung mit den Parthenongiebeln ein zuverlässiges "Handbuch" darstellt. Auch die Auswahl der 120 Bilder ist wohl überlegt und ausgewogen, vermißt man doch selten eine für das Verständnis des Gedankenganges wichtige Abbildung...Bewundernswert ist die signifikante und disziplinierte Auswahl der Gesichtspunkte und die klare und knappe Darlegung der Sachverhalte.'
Ernst Berger, Gnomon, 1996.
An introduction and interim report on the statues of the pediments of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, carved in the 5th century B.C. Describes and illustrates the individual statues in each pediment, incorporating technical, stylistic, and iconographic remarks. Reviews the discussions of the problems by archaeologists since about 1953, and presents new proposals by Palagia (classical archaeology, U. of Athens) for restorations. Includes many original photographs and drawings. The first English-language treatment of the subject, and the first in any language since 1963. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004111981
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/20/1998
  • Series: Monumenta Graeca et Romana Series , #7
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Olga Palagia is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology in the University of Athens, Greece. She has written extensively on Greek sculpture of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. and published Euphranor in 1980 (Brill).
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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Acknowledgements 3
Abbreviations 5
Introduction 7
Notes 14
1 The East Pediment 18
A Figures Drawn by Carrey, and Selene 18
B Principal Fragments Attributed to the East Pediment 23
C The Lost Figures at the Centre 27
Notes 31
2 The West Pediment 40
Notes 52
Appendix: Identifications Since 1963 60
Bibliography 62
List of Illustrations 66
Index 69
Plates 75
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2002

    Olga Palagia's Work is a Scholar's Delight

    In her preface, Ms. Palagia explains that the aim of her book on the Parthenon pediments "is to describe and illustrate as fully as possible the individual statues in each pediment, reading them from left to right and incorporating technical, stylistic and iconographical remarks in a continuous narrative." She achieves her aim with precision. I have credited Ms. Palagia and cited some of her words in my book, Athena and Eden: The Hidden Meaning of the Parthenon's East Facade. I have studied her book in great detail, and continue to do so. It is a scholar's delight. She provides photographs of all the extant pedimental sculptures, often from several different angles. Where vase art or drawings are relevant, she features them. Her work is thorough and accurate. I doubt if I could have completed Athena and Eden without the factual detail she provides on the east and west pediments of the Parthenon. There is no better book in English on the subject.

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