The Acropolis: Global Fame, Local Claim by Eleana Yalouri
If you are fascinated by the Acropolis in Athens but a little tired of books full of typologies of ancient monuments, phases of construction and styles of sculpture, then here is a new study that will challenge and entertain you. In this book Yalouri considers the meaning of the Acropolis in contemporary Greece and analyses how local Greeks deal with the national and international characterization and appropriation of their ancient classical heritage. She breaks away from the idea that the Acropolis is simply a monument anchored to a particular site in a particular past, but looks at it as "mobile" monument with multiple national and international identities. She considers the meaning and significance of the Acropolis for professional archaeologists, tour guides, orthodox priests, and local school children alike, and analyses how these meanings compare and relate to the "official" national and global discourse. Serious heritage issues combined with fun illustrations make this book a must-read for classical archaeologists and anyone interested in material culture studies.