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The Propylaia to the Athenian Akropolis II: The Classical Building (Propylaia to the Athenian Akropolis)by William Bell Dinsmoor
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This publication presents the results of research conducted on the Propylaia of the Athenian Akropolis by William Bell Dinsmoor, who began his study in 1908, and William Bell Dinsmoor Jr., who took up the project in 1962. Part I comprises William Dinsmoor's account of Mnesikles' planning of this innovative and unique structure during construction, and will be of particular interest to theorists and historians of architecture. Part II, a product of the collaboration of father and son, presents the first complete documentation of the Classical building. Supported by drawings primarily by William Dinsmoor Jr., it includes much information that is no longer accessible on the site because of restoration, weathering, or loss by other means, along with scholarly proof and detailed argumentation that support the Dinsmoors' conclusions regarding design and construction.
Book News Annotation:
This massive volume (10.25x13.25") contains five large fold-out drawings of sections and elevations in the back pocket and numerous fold-out ground plans, sections, and elevations and high quality b&w plates within the text. It presents in a comprehensive fashion the research carried out on the Propylaia by Dinsmoor (d.1973) and his son (d.1988), and edited for publication by the latter's widow. The volume is divided into two sections on the design and the building, with individual chapters on each sequence of the building design. The chapters on the parts of the building--including the foundation and platform, Doric columns, Doric entablatures, pediments, roofs, etc.--contain painstaking analysis of the evidence, with dimensions provided throughout. Many additional drawings, plans, and details fill the text, making this a rich resource for scholars and students of ancient Greek architecture. Distributed in the US by the David Brown Book Company.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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