The Athenian Acropolis

The Athenian Acropolis : History, Mythology, and Archaeology from the Neolithic Era to the Present

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This is a comprehensive study of the art, archaeology, myths, cults, and function of one of the most illustrious sites in the West. Providing an extensive treatment of the significance of the site during the 'Golden Age' of classical Greece, Jeffrey Hurwit discusses the development of the Acropolis throughout its long history, up to and including the recent discoveries of the Acropolis restoration project, which have prompted important re-evaluations of the site and its major buildings. Throughout, the author describes the role of the Acropolis in everyday life, always placing it within the context of Athenian cultural and intellectual history. Accompanied by 10 color plates, 172 halftones, and 70 line drawings, this is the most thorough book on the Acropolis to be published in English in nearly a more

Product details

  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 215 x 279 x 32mm | 1,670g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 242 b/w illus. 10 colour illus.
  • 0521417864
  • 9780521417860

Table of contents

1. The rock; 2. The goddess; 3. The Acropolis in Athenian life and literature; 4. The strong house of Erechtheus: the Acropolis in the Bronze Age; 5. Sanctuary and citadel; 6. Tyranny, democracy, and the archaic Acropolis; 7. The early classical Acropolis; 8. A guide to the high classical Acropolis; 9. The Parthenon Frieze, Nike, and thematic unity; 10. Pandora and the Athena Parthenos; 11. Reflections upon the Golden Age; 12. The Hellenistic and Roman Acropolis; 13. The end of the ancient Acropolis; 14. more

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'... a magisterial study ... [Hurwit] displays immense erudition and command of the scholarly literature ... Yet far from producing a dryly academic treatise, Hurwit constructs a vivid picture of this multipurpose hub of urban life and details just how the Acropolis was used, when and by whom.' New York Times Book Review 'For sheer volume of information presented in an accessible format ... the book has no peer and it certainly should be part of the library of every serious student of ancient Athens ... Hurwit gives us what must be pretty much the last word on the Acropolis of the 20th century. Thanks to this book, it is a monument we can revisit again and again.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review 'This is a monumental undertaking, and the resulting book is a very wide-ranging and detailed survey of the most famous site in the Greek world.' The Classical Reviewshow more