History of World Architecture: Greek Architecture
A definitive introduction to the entire range of Greek architecture.
This survey takes the reader through the history of Greek architecture from Minoan Crete to the Hellenic era, and its expansion in the Mediterranean world during the 5th century BC. The book begins with a detailed analysis of Minoan Crete, the birthplace of Western architecture in the second millennium BC, describing the palaces at Mallia, Knossos, and Zakro. Straightforward, readable text placed side-by-side with large photographs and drawings covers the functional and organic composition of the palaces; columns, pilasters, and porticoes; the organization of volumes and interior spaces; decorative aspects, polychrome, and murals. The book continues through Mycenae (the famous Lion's Gate, Palace of Nestor, the 'treasury of Atreus') to the birth and evolution of the doric and ionic orders, religious architecture (with emphasis on the temples of Paestum, Corinth, Delphi, and the Acropolis), to the temples and structures of Classical Greece. The book dedicates a section to civic architecture, which in its massiveness reflected the creation and evolution of the political community, the most original aspect of ancient Greece. The author discusses the spatial composition of the major urban complexes, the relationships between buildings (stadiums, theatres, agoras) and between the complexes and their urban surroundings, and the birth of urbanism. Important centres outside Greece are discussed, including Agrigento and Segesta in Sicily. The final section documents the Hellenic phase, with its unparalleled innovations and its influence on the greater Mediterranean.
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Architecture of Minoan Crete and the Mycenaean World
Birth and Development
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Acragas Aegina agora altar Aphaia Archaic architects architectural composition Athena Nike Athens base Bervi-Gruben buildings built capital cella central court century B.C. Classical colonnade Corinthian crepidoma Cretan Crete cult Delphi developed Didyma Doric order entablature entrance Epidaurus Erechtheion esplanade evolution example facade feet forms fourth century frieze function Greek architecture half columns hall Hellenistic Hellenistic architecture Hermogenes Ictinus interior space Ionic style Knossos Mallia Megara Hyblaea megaron metopes Miletus Minoan Mnesicles monumental motifs Museum Mycenae Mycenaean northwest Olympia opisthodomos Paestum palace Parthenon pediment Pergamum peristyle Phaistos pillars plan of Temple portico Poseidon Priene principles pronaos proportions Propylaea propylon reconstruction rectangular religious rhythm rooms sacred Samos Sanctuary of Apollo Sanctuary of Hera sculptured Sele River Selinus sixth century square staircase stoa structures Temple of Apollo Temple of Artemis Temple of Athena Temple of Hera Temple of Zeus terrace theater Tholos tradition Treasury vault vestibule walls west side