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This generously illustrated book provides a complete overview of current knowledge about the sculptures of the Parthenon and suggests new interpretations of the ancient temple's sculptural creations. Margaretha Lagerlof steps back from viewing the fragments of the sculptures that remain today to focus more clearly on their meanings in the light of classical Athenian knowledge and society. She considers what the sculptures reveal about the Greek sense of democracy and how they characterize women's lives in a warrior culture. Using Plato's philosophy and the visually oriented similes of his myths, Lagerlof offers a new decoding of the aesthetic structure of the Parthenon's entire sculptural ensembles.<P>The book compares the sculptures of the pediments to those of the metopes and the frieze, uncovering subtle differences in both the nature and the content of the images. Whereas the pediments represent divine elements, for example, the frieze is seen as the domain of human beings, representing events and also the stage of history when humans no longer have direct access to the presence of the gods. The frieze can be interpreted as an invocation of this presence, a means of regaining closeness with the gods. Using a multifaceted and imaginative approach to the sculptures of the Parthenon, Lagerlof finds powerful new meaning in them as well as an enhanced appreciation of their Athenian creators.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-198) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300073911
Author:
Lagerlof, Margaretha
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
F .
Author:
Lagerland#246
Author:
f, Margaretha Rossholm
Author:
Margaretha Rossholm Lagerland#246
Location:
New Haven, CT :
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Sculpture
Subject:
History - Ancient/Classical
Subject:
Sculpture, greek
Subject:
Sculpture, primitive
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Parthenon (Athens, Greece)
Subject:
Sculpture, Greek -- Greece -- Athens.
Subject:
Art - Sculpture
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
2966-2
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 b/w + 6 color illus.
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.88 in 1.38 lb

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