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The Parthenon
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Publication date March 31, 2003
Pages 209
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780674010857
ISBN-10 067401085X
Dimensions 0.75 by 4.75 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $19.95
Other format details university press
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Read the Bldg Blog interview with Mary Beard about the Wonders of the World series (Part I and Part II)

Oscar Wilde compared it to a white goddess, Evelyn Waugh to Stilton cheese. In observers from Lord Byron to Sigmund Freud to Virginia Woolf it met with astonishment, rapture, poetry, even tears--and, always, recognition. Twenty-five hundred years after it first rose above Athens, the Parthenon remains one of the wonders of the world, its beginnings and strange turns of fortune over millennia a perpetual source of curiosity, controversy, and intrigue.

At once an entrancing cultural history and a congenial guide for tourists, armchair travelers, and amateur archaeologists alike, this book conducts readers through the storied past and towering presence of the most famous building in the world. Who built the Parthenon, and for what purpose? How are we to understand its sculpture? Why is it such a compelling monument? The classicist and historian Mary Beard takes us back to the fifth century B.C. 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. Just as fascinating is the monument's far longer life as cathedral church of Our Lady of Athens, as "the finest mosque in the world," and, finally, as an inspirational ruin and icon. Beard also takes a cool look at the bitter arguments that continue to surround the "Elgin Marbles," the sculptures from the Parthenon now in the British Museum. Her book constitutes the ultimate tour of the marvelous history and present state of this glory of the Acropolis, and of the world.



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Hardcover
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from Harvard Univ Pr (March 31, 2003)
9780674010857 | details & prices | 209 pages | 4.75 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Read the Bldg Blog interview with Mary Beard about the Wonders of the World series (Part I and Part II) Oscar Wilde compared it to a white goddess, Evelyn Waugh to Stilton cheese.
Paperback
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Revised edition from Harvard Univ Pr (June 30, 2010)
9780674055636 | details & prices | 229 pages | 4.50 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $17.50
About: Praise for the previous edition:"Wry and imaginative, this gem of a book deconstructs the most famous building in Western history.

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