The Propylaia to the Athenian Akropolis II the Classical Building

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William Dinsmoor began his study of the Propylaia in 1908, and his son took up the study in 1962. Part 2 combines their work and is the first complete and exhaustive documentation of the innovative and unique structure which served as a monumental entrance to the Athenian Acropolis. The authors describe the building in minute detail, and include much information that is no longer accessible on the site because of restoration, weathering, or loss by other means. Part 1 reconstructed the architect Mnesikles' ...
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Overview

William Dinsmoor began his study of the Propylaia in 1908, and his son took up the study in 1962. Part 2 combines their work and is the first complete and exhaustive documentation of the innovative and unique structure which served as a monumental entrance to the Athenian Acropolis. The authors describe the building in minute detail, and include much information that is no longer accessible on the site because of restoration, weathering, or loss by other means. Part 1 reconstructed the architect Mnesikles' planning of the building during the course of its construction. Part 2 gives the complete account of Mnesikles finished building, complemented by William Dinsmoor Jr's drawings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876619414
  • Publisher: American School of Classical Studies at Athens
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: None Series
  • Edition description: Volume II
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 13.26 (h) x 1.53 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    A monumental book on a monumental building!

    Although the Parthenon is the most famous monument on the Acropolis in Athens, I have always loved the grand entranceway--also known as the 'Propylaia.' As the guidebooks explain, it is a mysterious because it was never finished and you can still see this by the fact that the stones have their original 'lifting bosses,' usually smoothed off in other classical buildings. This book reflects the work of two famous architects, a father and son, who also loved the building. The text can be really heavy going, but the plans, drawings, and the photographs are what I wanted the book for. These are really amazing, and make some of the more technical text easier to bear. In short, not light reading but a real monuments in itself to a great architectural accomplishment.

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