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Read the Bldg Blog interview with Mary Beard about the Wonders of the World series (Part I and Part II)

Oscar Wilde compared it to a white goddess, Evelyn Waugh to Stilton cheese. In observers from Lord Byron to Sigmund Freud to Virginia Woolf it met with astonishment, rapture, poetry, even tears--and, always, recognition. Twenty-five hundred years after it first rose above Athens, the Parthenon remains one of the wonders of the world, its beginnings and strange turns of fortune over millennia a perpetual source of curiosity, controversy, and intrigue.

At once an entrancing cultural history and a congenial guide for tourists, armchair travelers, and amateur archaeologists alike, this book conducts readers through the storied past and towering presence of the most famous building in the world. Who built the Parthenon, and for what purpose? How are we to understand its sculpture? Why is it such a compelling monument? The classicist and historian Mary Beard takes us back to the fifth century B.C. to consider the Parthenon in its original guise--as the flagship temple of imperial Athens, housing an enormous gold and ivory statue of the city's patron goddess attended by an enigmatic assembly of sculptures. Just as fascinating is the monument's far longer life as cathedral church of Our Lady of Athens, as "the finest mosque in the world," and, finally, as an inspirational ruin and icon. Beard also takes a cool look at the bitter arguments that continue to surround the "Elgin Marbles," the sculptures from the Parthenon now in the British Museum. Her book constitutes the ultimate tour of the marvelous history and present state of this glory of the Acropolis, and of the world.

Synopsis:

This book conducts readers through the storied past and towering presence of the most famous building in the world. Who built the Parthenon, and for what purpose? How are we to understand its sculpture? Why is it such a compelling monument? The classicist and historian Mary Beard offers readers the ultimate tour of the marvelous history and present state of this glory of the Acropolis, and of the world.

Synopsis:

At once an entrancing cultural history and a congenial guide for tourists, armchair travelers, and amateur archaeologists alike, this book takes readers through the storied past and towering present of the most famous building in the world. 35 illustrations.

About the Author

Mary Beard has a Chair of Classics at Cambridge and is a Fellow of Newnham College. She is classics editor of The Times Literary Supplement and author of the blog "A Don's Life". She is also a winner of the 2008 Wolfson History Prize.

Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge University

Table of Contents

  • 1. Why the Parthenon Might Make You Cry
  • 2. ‘The Temple They Call the Parthenon’
  • 3. ‘The Finest Mosque in the World’
  • 4. ‘From Ruin to Reconstruction’
  • 5. ‘The Golden Age of Athens’?
  • 6. Meanwhile, Back in London…
  • Making a Visit?
  • Further Reading
  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Figures
  • Greek Names
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674010857
Author:
Beard, Mary
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Athens (greece)
Subject:
Europe - Greece
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Athens
Subject:
Parthenon (Athens, Greece)
Subject:
Athens (Greece) Antiquities.
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
Travel-Museums, Tours, Points of Interest
Subject:
Architecture-Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Wonders of the World
Series Volume:
1520
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 halftones, 7 line illustrations, 1 ma
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7 x 4 in 11 oz

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History and Social Science » Archaeology » Greece and Crete
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Travel » Europe » Greece and Greek Isles
Travel » Museums, Tours, and Points of Interest

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"Synopsis" by , This book conducts readers through the storied past and towering presence of the most famous building in the world. Who built the Parthenon, and for what purpose? How are we to understand its sculpture? Why is it such a compelling monument? The classicist and historian Mary Beard offers readers the ultimate tour of the marvelous history and present state of this glory of the Acropolis, and of the world.
"Synopsis" by , At once an entrancing cultural history and a congenial guide for tourists, armchair travelers, and amateur archaeologists alike, this book takes readers through the storied past and towering present of the most famous building in the world. 35 illustrations.
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