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The Acropolis (Greek language edition)
Through its Museum

By Panos Valavanis

The Acropolis (Greek language edition)
Paperback, 160 pages £17.00
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9789606878602
Format: 270mm x 200mm
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Subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art & Art History, Classical Studies and Ancient History, History, Museum Studies

The Acropolis through its Museum is not simply a guidebook to the Acropolis Museum. By presenting the works of art exhibited in the museum, it endeavours to resynthesize the history of the Sacred Rock as part of the cultural and the wider historical process of Athens. The book follows the visitor's tour of the museum, so that the reader can study and learn more about the antiquities he sees before him. However, it is written is such a way that through independent inquiry the reader is able to approach the subjects more deeply and to understand the preconditions - political, social, economic, ideological, artistic and technological - that led to the creation of the unique monuments on the Acropolis.


The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs, as well as numerous plans and reconstruction drawings, which enable the reader to understand each of the fragmentarily preserved works in its context. It also answers many of the questions raised in the discerning reader's mind, such as what was the size and the population of ancient Athens, what is the meaning of the beasts represented on the large Archaic pediments, what do the Korai statues represent, why did the Erechtheion become so complex and what was the role of the Karyatids, why was the temple of Athena Nike built in the Ionic order, what led Pericles and his advisers to opt for the specific building programme and how were the major public works financed, why was it decided to place an Ionic frieze on the Doric Parthenon, what political messages were transmitted to Sparta through the sculptural decoration of the Parthenon, and so on.


Authored by a university professor who has been involved with studying and teaching the Acropolis for over thirty years, the publication is of the impeccable artistic quality distinctive of books produced by KAPON Editions.

ATHENS

IN THE MUSEUM BASEMENTS

ASCENDING… to the exhibition space and the slopes of the Sacred Rock

HOUSES AND MINOR SANCTUARIES

Τhe sanctuary of Nymphe

The Asklepieion

The sanctuary of Dionysos and the theatre

THE ACROPOLIS

PREHISTORY

THE ARCHAIC ACROPOLIS

Τhe pediments

Τhe ex-votos

The korai

THE ACROPOLIS DURING THE PERSIAN WARS

Works in the ‘Severe Style’

THE CLASSICAL ACROPOLIS

ΜONUMENTS OF THE SACRED ROCK OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM

THE PROPYLAIA

THE TEMPLE OF ATHENA or WINGLESS NIKE

ΤHE ERECHTHEION

The Karyatids and the frieze

EX-VOTOS ON THE ACROPOLIS

THE PARTHENON

Historical and political background

Architectural features

THE SCULPTED DECORATION

The metopes

The frieze

The role of the frieze

Frieze and art

Frieze and politics

The coloration of the monuments

Τhe pediments

Stylistic and interpretative approach

The akroteria of the Parthenon

Τhe cult statue

Ideology and politics in the Acropolis monuments

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Panos Valavanis is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Athens, teaching and researching in the fields of classical vase painting, topography of ancient Athens, classical architecture, Greek athletics and ancient Greek technology.


Acropolis

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Acropolis 2


Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 160 pages
ISBN:
 9789606878602
Format:
 270mm x 200mm
160, 210 col illus.

BIC Code:
 1DVG, ACG, HDDK, WTHM
BISAC Code:
  ART015060, HIS002000, SOC003000, TRV016000
Imprint:
 Kapon Editions


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