Antiquities of Athens: Measured and Delineated by James Stuart, FRS and FSA, and Nicholas Revett, Painters and Architects
James "Athenian" Stuart and Nicholas Revett's monumental Antiquities of Athens was the first accurate survey of ancient Greek architecture ever completed. Based on precise measured drawings done at the sites of the ancient ruins between 1751 and 1754, these books set a new standard for archaeological investigation in the eighteenth century. In doing so, they also transformed our understanding of Greek architecture and by pointing up differences between Greek and Roman examples fundamentally challenged prevailing notions about a universal classical ideal and fueled the Greek Revival movement that dominated British, European, and American architecture and design for over a century.
Originally published in four volumes that appeared between 1762 and 1816, Stuart and Revett's masterwork is presented here in its entirety as part of our Classic Reprint series and features a new introduction by scholar Frank Salmon. With its many images of buildings, plans, sculpture, friezes, and decorative objects such as vases, it remains the logical starting point for anyone interested in Athens, Greece, and its influence on the history of Western architecture.
Published in association with The Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America.
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This is one of the great works of architectural history.
Stuart and Revett showed for the first time the immense skill that went into Greek Classical architecture and influenced English and possibly American architecture for the next 40 years resulting in the Greek Revival in England.
The British Museum is a fine example of the Greek revival.
I should imagine that this involved quite a lot of personal danger as Greece was then part of the corrupt and inefficient Ottoman Empire.
I hope this is on the syllabus for architecture schools.
The original 'Standard Work' of Greek architecture, spanning four original volumes plus an additional volume, from 1762 until the early 19th century. The magnificent engravings of the Parthenon frieze, among others, will, quite honestly, never be surpassed. To have to rate this ground-breaking work seems almost an insult. It was this work that started the 'Greek Revival' that gave us, to name just one city, Washington DC.
(My notes refer to the original 18-19th century edition).