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The classicist and historian Mary Beard takes us back to the fifth century . to consider the Parthenon in its original guise-as the flagship temple of imperial Athens, housing an enormous gold and ivory statue of the city's patron goddess attended by an enigmatic assembly of sculptures. In observers from Lord Byron to Sigmund Freud to Virginia Woolf it met with astonishment, rapture, poetry, even tears-and, always, recognition.
I enjoyed Mary Beard’s book on Pompeii, so when I spotted The Parthenon in a deal, I figured it’d be an interesting on.
I enjoyed Mary Beard’s book on Pompeii, so when I spotted The Parthenon in a deal, I figured it’d be an interesting one. I actually expected it to be a bit more about the Greek context of the Parthenon, rather than going into the afterlife of the building - the use as a church and a mosque, the archaeology and tourism, even the literary responses to it, which is what it actually di. With The Parthenon Mary Beard tackles one of the ancient world’s most architecturally spectacular and most popular public monuments in a style marked by mirth and bitter sarcasm.
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. Format Paperback 240 pages. Dimensions 129 x 198 x 14mm 204g.
Mary Beard’s brilliant The Parthenon should put paid to that. Her engagement with both modern and ancient worlds is impressive, as is her erudition and liveliness’ – New Scientist ‘Entertaining, informative and succinct’ – Economist. uk Designed by Peter Campbell Printed and bound.
In observers from Lord Byron to Sigmund Freud to Virginia Woolf it met with astonishment, rapture, poetry, even tears-and, always, recognition.
Appropriately, the Athena statue has been recreated in Nashville, Tennessee.
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