The Temple of Athena at Assos

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OUP Oxford, Mar 22, 2012 - Architecture - 318 pages
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This volume presents a comprehensive investigation of one of the most unusual archaic Greek temples. The Temple of Athena at Assos, in modern Turkey, was built in a city that had no prior monumental tradition in either architecture or sculpture, so that the entire building constitutes an exercise in architectural invention. In this fully illustrated study, Bonna Daix Wescoat assembles for the first time a complete inventory of the architecture (documenting two phases of construction), presents newly discovered epistyle reliefs and decorated metopes, proposes a new reconstruction of the building, and situates the Temple within the formative development of monumental architecture in Archaic Greece.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 History of the Building its Early Visitors and its Excavation
7
3 Building Materials and Technical Aspects of Construction
19
4 Description and Reconstruction of the Original Building
31
5 Major Repairs
100
6 Hellenistic Renovations
125
7 The Sculpture
127
8 Arrangement of the Sculpture
192
9 Significance of the Temple within the Development of Archaic Architecture and Architectural Decoration
201
List of References for the Tables
267
APPENDICES
270
Works Cited
293
Index
311
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Bonna Daix Wescoat is Associate Professor of Art History at Emory University.

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