The Parthenon

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Profile Books, Dec 9, 2010 - Social Science - 220 pages
The ruined silhouette of the Parthenon on its hill above Athens is one of the world's most famous images. Its 'looted' Elgin Marbles are a global cause celebre. But what actually are they? In a revised and updated edition, Mary Beard, award winning writer, reviewer and leading Cambridge classicist, tells the history and explains the significance of the Parthenon, the temple of the virgin goddess Athena, the divine patroness of ancient Athens.
 

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An excellent study of this iconic building. Thoughtful, balanced, and wise, it follows the history of the Parthenon from its construction through its later incarnations as church, mosque, powder ... Read full review

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Among the many texts on Greek architecture and culture, Beard offers what she calls "another dimension" to the fame and cultural heritage of the Parthenon when she asserts that is has the "added ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 1 Why the Parthenon might make you cry
1
CHAPTER 2 The temple they call the Parthenon
23
CHAPTER 3 The finest Mosque in the world
49
CHAPTER 4 From ruin to reconstruction
83
CHAPTER 5 The Golden Age of Athens?
117
CHAPTER 6 Meanwhile back in London
155
Making a visit?
183
Further reading
191
List of illustrations
199
List of figures
202
Greek Names
203
Acknowledgements
204
Index
205
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Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim. Her previous books include the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Roman Triumph, The Parthenon and Confronting the Classics. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life and All in a Don's Day. She is in the 2014 top 10 Prospect list of the most influential thinkers in the world.

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