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Greek ArchitectureGreek Architecture (Yale University Press Pelican History of Art). Greek Architecture. Discussing the development of Greek architecture in the Aegean and other Greek lands from its earliest beginnings around 3000 BC to the first century BC. The temples of the Hellenic age are discussed, as are domestic Greek architecture, town planning, theatres and fortifications.

Architecture and Meaning on the Athenian Acropolis Architecture and Meaning on the Athenian Acropolis focuses on the architectural complex which is generally considered to be one of the outstanding achievements of Western civilisation. Though the buildings and sculpture of the Acropolis, erected over the course of the fifth century BC, have been scrutinised by scholars for more than a century, Robin Rhodes' sensitive analysis is the first to consider the ensemble as a whole and to explain how the monuments communicate meaningfully with one another to form an iconographic narrative. His study also examines the sculpture and decoration, which were conceived together with the abstract features, while relating both to the larger issues in Greek architecture and aesthetics. Among the themes treated in this landmark study are: the relationship between landscape and religious architecture, the humanisation of temple divinities, the architectural expression of religious tradition and even specific history, architectural procession and hieratic direction, symbolism and allusion through architectural order, religious revival and archaism, and the breaking of architectural and religious canon. Taken together, they constitute the specific narrative of the Acropolis in the Periclean Age.

Architecture of Greece (Reference Guides to National Architecture). Architecture of Greece. From the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus to the National Library and the University of Athens, this volume examines both the aesthetic design and cultural/social functions of 61 noted architectural landmarks throughout the nation of Greece. Art historian Janina Darling discusses how each structure or project was designed and built, and she provides a detailed yet accessible description of architectural elements. Darling's entries combine an architectural reading with the larger context of the region's cultural history. An introductory essay, glossary, geographic index and subject index add to this vastly interesting volume.

Fortress and Castles of GreeceFortress and Castles of Greece: Northern and East Central Greece v. 1. Fortress and Castles of Greece. Greece is strewn with hundreds of castles and fortresses of all ages and civilisations. This rugged and curious region in the southernmost part of Europe, at the vantage point of the Mediterranean, so close to Asia and Africa is full of Acropoli, castles and fortresses either on top of mountains or on coasts. There exist walls of neolithic citadels six and seven thousand years old, Acropoli two and three thousand years old, castles and fortresses of Venetian, Frankish, Byzantine and others as old as three thousand years and even more. This series by the eminent historian Alexander Paradissis, is perhaps the only study of the subject covering the whole of Greek history. The comprehensive material, maps, plans and illustrations will satisfy historians and tourists alike. Volume One covers Northern and East Central Greece; Volume Two covers Southern and West Central Greece; Volume Three covers the Greek Islands.

The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles This book is an abridged and revised edition of the author's monumental The Athenian Acropolis: History, Mythology and Archaeology from the Neolithic Era to the Present. It focuses specifically on the development of the Acropolis in the fifth century BC and the building program initiated by Pericles. Placing the century-long development within its historical and cultural contexts, Jeffrey Hurwit explores the physical nature of the Acropolis itself, the character of the goddess Athena, and how the building program exploits and reveals the Acropolis's own venerable history. He also offers an interpretation of the thematic unity that links the many structures of the Periclean Acropolis. Incorporating the latest discoveries and research on individual monuments of the Acropolis, this edition is illustrated with 145 halftones as well as a CD-ROM including 180 colour images of the monuments of the Acropolis.

The Parthenon: From Antiquity to the Present 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 essays on various aspects of this world-renowned temple, this book examines the dramatic setting of the temple 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; the techniques employed in making the colossal gold-and-ivory cult statue; 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.

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