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Architecture and Meaning on the Athenian Acropolis / Edition 1

Architecture and Meaning on the Athenian Acropolis / Edition 1

by Robin Francis Rhodes


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Erected over the course of the fifth century B.C., the buildings and sculpture of the Acropolis have been scrutinized by scholars for more than a century. This analysis is the first to consider the ensemble as a whole and explain how the monuments form an iconographic narrative.

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ISBN-13: 9780521469814
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/28/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 7.36(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: A Sense of Place and the Seeds of Monumentality; 1. History in the design of the Acropolis; 2. The Acropolis as processional architecture; 3. Religious tradition and broken canon: the Doric architecture; 4. The integrated Parthenon; 5. Creating canon: the Ionic temples; 6. Architectural legacy and reflections; 7. God and man: the spiritual legacy of the Periclean Acropolis.

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pranogajec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some provocative interpretations here, but overall the breathless writing style and sometimes odd phrasing take away much from the reader's enjoyment. Rhodes' focus on religious-political ideas and the role of procession into and through the buildings and spaces of the Acropolis is illuminating. Also fascinating is his discussion of the Doric and Ionic orders as employed in various ways at the Acropolis. He interprets them within the framework just mentioned, thereby going beyond the usual focus on origins and the technical aspects of designing temple facades with relatively inflexible architectural elements. Both are, to me, fascinating questions, but they have been rehearsed many times before. I have some more recent writings on the Acropolis and Parthenon and I'll be interested to see how (or if) Rhodes' ideas have been absorbed or dismissed.