Synopses & Reviews
This book focuses on the development of the Acropolis in the fifth century BC and the building program initiated by Pericles.
"Hurwitt, one of the foremost scholars of the Acropolis, has a clear and agreeable writing style. This is one of those rare books that serves both scholars and general readers." History
This book is an abridged and revised edition of the author's monumental The Athenian Acropolis. It focuses on the development of the Acropolis in the fifth century BC and the building program initiated by Pericles. 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. This edition is illustrated with 145 halftones as well as a CD-ROM including 180 colour images of the monuments of the Acropolis.
About the Author
Jeffrey Hurwit is one of the leading scholars of ancient Greek art. A professor of art and archaeology at the University of Oregon, he is the author of numerous articles on aspects of Greek art and archaeology, and the author of The Art and Culture of Early Greece. A Guggenheim fellow, he was appointed in 2001 to the prestigious Martha S. Joukowsky Lectureship for the Archaeological Institute of America and in 2003 became the inaugural Dorothy Burr Thompson Memorial Lecturer at the University of British Columbia.
Table of Contents
1. The rock and the goddess; 2. Landscape of memory: the past on the classical acropolis; 3. Pericles, Athens, and the building program; 4. The Parthenon; 5. The Propylaia; 6. The Erechtheion (the classical temple of Athena Polias); 7. The sanctuary of Athena Nike; 8. The rest of the program; 9. Conclusion: the Periclean Acropolis as a whole.