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The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of The West's Most Iconic Building and the People Who Made it
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The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of The West's Most Iconic Building and the People Who Made it

By Connelly, Joan Breton

New York: A.A.Knopf, 2014 Built in the fifth century b.c., the Parthenon has been venerated for more than two millennia as the West’s ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. Since the Enlightenment, it has also come to represent our political ideals, the lavish temple to the goddess Athena serving as the model for our most hallowed civic architecture. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own? And apart from the significance with which we have invested it, what exactly did this marvel of human hands mean to those who made it? In this revolutionary book, Joan Breton Connelly challenges our most basic assumptions about the Parthenon and the ancient Athenians. Beginning with the natural environment and its rich mythic associations, she re-creates the development of the Acropolis -the Sacred Rock at the heart of the city-state- from its prehistoric origins to its Periklean glory days as a constellation of temples among which the Parthenon stood supreme. In particular, she probes the Parthenon’s legendary frieze: the 525-foot-long relief sculpture that originally encircled the upper reaches before it was partially destroyed by Venetian cannon fire (in the seventeenth century. ... The frieze’s vast enigmatic procession -a dazzling pageant of cavalrymen and elders, musicians and maidens - has for more than two hundred years been thought to represent a scene of annual civic celebration in the birthplace of democracy. But thanks to a once-lost play by Euripides (the discovery of which, in the wrappings of a Hellenistic Egyptian mummy, is only one of this book’s intriguing adventures), Connelly has uncovered a long-buried meaning, a story of human sacrifice set during the city’s mythic founding. In a society startlingly preoccupied with cult ritual, this story was at the core of what it meant to be Athenian. Connelly reveals a world that beggars our popular notions of Athens as a city of staid philosophers, rationalists, and rhetoricians, a world in which our modern secular conception of democracy would have been simply incomprehensible. The Parthenon’s full significance has been obscured until now owing in no small part, Connelly argues, to the frieze’s dismemberment. And so her investigation concludes with a call to reunite the pieces, in order that what is perhaps the greatest single work of art surviving from antiquity may be viewed more nearly as its makers intended. Marshalling a breathtaking range of textual and visual evidence, full of fresh insights woven into a thrilling narrative that brings the distant past to life, The Parthenon Enigma is sure to become a landmark in our understanding of the civilization from which we claim cultural descent. 512p. illus [some col] bibliography,index . 1st US Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

$21.00

Inscriptions from the Athenian Agora

By Merritt, Benjamin D

Princeton NJ: American School of Classical Studies at Athens`, 1961 Series : Excavations at the Athenian Agora Picture Book # 10. The 35 inscriptions illustrated/discussed in this book represent a small selection of the many types of written records found in the Athenian Agora. The texts illustrated include diplomatic agreements, commemorative plaques for athletic victories, records of court judgments, boundary stones identifying different buildings, and fragmentary inscriptions featuring names. 32p. illus. Reissue.. Brochure. Fine. Stapled in Paper Cover.

$5.00

Waterworks in the Athenian Agora

By Lang, Mabel L.

Princeton NJ: American School of Classical Studies at Athens`, 1968 Series : Excavations at the Athenian Agora Picture Book # 11. Preserved beneath the surface of the Agora are thousands of terracotta pipes, stone drainage channels, and lead pressure lines. These form a complex chain of waterworks, constructed and repaired over many different periods. This book discusses the complex engineering that channeled fresh water into the Agora and disposed of waste water, and shows some of the ornate wells and fountain houses where ancient Athenians gathered to drink and bathe.32p. illus.. Reissue.. Brochure. Fine. Stapled in Paper Cover.

$5.00

Garden Lore of Ancient Athens

By Thompson, Dorothy Burr & Griswold, Ralph E

Princeton NJ: American School of Classical Studies at Athens`, 1963 Series : Excavations at the Athenian Agora Picture Book # 8. "In the spring, the ground of the Agora archaeological park is covered in poppies and daisies while poplars and oaks shade many of the pathways. Some of these plants are wild and some were deliberately introduced to Athens in classical times. This booklet presents evidence for ancient horticulture in the Agora (for example, structured antique gardens were uncovered around the Temple of Hephaistos). Its color plates also provide a useful guide to identifying modern Greek vegetation" 36p. illus [some col]. Reissue.. Brochure. Fine. Stapled in Paper Cover.

$5.00

Amphoras and the Ancient Wine Trade

By Grace, Virginia R

Princeton NJ: American School of Classical Studies at Athens`, 1961 Series : Excavations at the Athenian Agora Picture Book # 6. Although this booklet is based on broken pottery found during the excavation of the Agora, the author ranges far beyond the confines of Athens in her discussion of the purpose and significance of different amphora types. Amphoras were used in the ancient world to transport various different types of products, including wine and oil. The author shows how chronological variations in shape and the geographical clues offered by stamped handles make amphoras a fascinating source of economic information. The booklet illustrates many different forms of amphora, all set into context by the well-written text. 32p. illus. Reissue.. Brochure. Fine. Stapled in Paper Cover.

$5.00

Garden Lore of Ancient Athens

By Thompson, Dorothy Burr & Griswold, rALPH E

Princeton NJ: American School of Classical Studies at Athens`, 1982 Series : Excavations at the Athenian Agora Picture Book # 8. "In the spring, the ground of the Agora archaeological park is covered in poppies and daisies while poplars and oaks shade many of the pathways. Some of these plants are wild and some were deliberately introduced to Athens in classical times. This booklet presents evidence for ancient horticulture in the Agora (for example, structured antique gardens were uncovered around the Temple of Hephaistos). Its color plates also provide a useful guide to identifying modern Greek vegetation" 36p. illus [some col]. Reissue.. Brochure. Fine. Stapled in Paper Cover.

$5.00

Socrates in the Agora WITH 14 Additional Photographs

By Lang, Mabel L.

Princeton NJ: American School of Classical Studies at Athens`, 1978 Series : Excavations at the Athenian Agora # 17. "As far as we know, the 5th-century B.C. Greek philosopher Socrates himself wrote nothing. We discover his thoughts and deeds entirely through the writings of his followers, disciples who accompanied him on his walks through the Athenian Agora and engaged in dialogue with him in the Stoa Basileios. Rather than examining his ideas in abstract, this stimulating little book aims to place Socrates in his physical setting, using textual references to follow his progress through the material remains that have been uncovered by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens since 1931. The author not only sheds new light on the great philosophers life, but also provides a vivid reconstruction, through following the career of one of its most famous citizens, of daily life at the center of classical Athens." 32p. illus PLUS 14 glossy phototgraphs of the Agora.. Reissue.. Brochure. Fine. Stapled in Paper Cover.

$15.00

Ancient Athens, Cape Sounion, Aegina and Olympia : Guide with Reconstructions

By Greco, Emanuele

Roma/Rome: Vision S.R.L., 2004 "Monuments Past & Present series" Postcard sized illustrations of the monuments today are overlaid with transparent sheets showing how they would have looked originally. The author is the Director of the Italian Archaeological School of Athens. 98p. illus.. First Thus.. Comb Binding/Plastic Cover. Fine.

$35.00

The Stoa of Attalos II in Athens

By Thpmpson Homer A.

Athens: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens,, 1962 Excavations of the Athenian Agora. Series # 2 . 36p. Illus. [B & W]. Orignal Wraps. Very Good.

$2.50

Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins
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Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins

By Lenden, J.E. [Ted]

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Basic Books, 2010 Song of Wrath tells the story of Athens Ten Years War (431- 421 BC) against grim Sparta, the first decade of the terrible Peloponnesian War that turned the Golden Age of Greece to lead. Historian J.E. Lendon presents a sweeping tale of pitched battles by land and sea, sieges, sacks, raids, and deeds of cruelty and guile - along with courageous acts of mercy, surprising charity, austere restraint, and arrogant resistance. Recounting the rise of democratic Athens to great-power status, and the resulting fury of authoritarian Sparta, Greeces traditional leader, Lendon portrays the causes and strategy of the war as a duel over national honor, a series of acts of revenge. A story of new pride challenging old, Song of Wrath is the first work of Ancient Greek history for the post-cold-war generation. 576p.. 1st US Edition.. Hardcover. New/New.

$20.00

Athens Past & Present : A Guide with Reconstructions of Ancient Monuments

By Panaiotou, Niki Drosseu

Roma/Rome: Vision S.R.L., 1995 "Monuments Past & Present series" IIlustrated handbook to the famous sites in Athens. Postcard sized illustrations of the monuments today are overlaid with transparent sheets showing how they would have looked originally.. First Thus.. Comb Binding/Plastic Cover. Very Good/Very Good.

$15.00

Athenaion Politeia

By Aristoteles

Athens: To Vima, 2015 Volume 1 in the series "He Sophia ton Archaion Ellenon" Edited and translated by Dimitris I Papadis. This modern Greek version originally issued by Ekdoseis Zetros 2009. Reissue.. Decorative Hardcover. New Book from Greece/No Jacket (as issued).

$20.00

Olympia and the Olympic Games : Guidebook with Reconstructions

By Trianti, Ismene

Athens: Politikes Ekdoseis, 2004 Photographs of the monuments are overlaid with transparent sheets showing how they would have looked originally. 107p. illus maps. bibliography. First Thus. Comb Binding/Plastic Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket.

$15.00

Problems in Periclean Buildings

By Elderkin, G.W. (George Wicker)

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1912 Four seminal essays on the architecture of the Acropolis at Athens : [1] The significance of the irregularity of the Propyaea [2] An interpretation of the Caryatid Porch [3] The Erechtheum as built [4] The Erechtheum as planned. 58p. B & W] Original edition - not a recent copy - Ex library with usual markings. Binding showing wear, hinges reinforced, but text complete. 1st US Edition.. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. Ex-Library.

$15.00

Athens: City and Empire
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Athens: City and Empire

By Heatley, Ernest & Widdess, Margaret

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990 Cambridge Schools Classics Project series Volume 4 ''Compiled from Thucydides, Plutarch and other ancient sources " 80p. illus. 1st UK Edition.. Softcover. Near Fine.

$21.00

Athenian Studies Presented to William Scott Ferguson. Harvard Studies in Classical Philology. Supplementary Volume I.

New York: Harvard University Press /Oxford University Press/ Johnson Reprint Company, 1969 Facsimile reprint of Harvard Studies in Classical Philology. Supplementary Volume I. This Festschrift was first published 1940. Conatins articles by Carl W. Blegen, George E Mylonas, Georges Daux, Malcolm F.McGregor, Werner Peek, H.T.Wade-Gery, William Bell Dinsmoor, Homer A Thompson, A.W.Gomme, Benjamin D.Meritt, John H.Finley, Robert J.Bonner, Herbert Bloch, Arthur M.Woodward, Werner Jaeger, Williamn Linn Westermann, F.Flaceliere, W.W.Tarn, Johannes Kirchner, Louis Robert, James H.Oliver. 535p.. Re-issue. Soft Cover. Very Good.

$25.00

A Concise Guide to the Acropolis Museum

By Miliardis, Yiannis

Athens: Service of Antiqioties and Restoration, 1965 Vintage tourist guide to the old museum on the Acropolis. 62p. + 16 plates ( B & W). Soft Cover. Very Good.

$6.00

The Prytaneion: Its Function and Architectural Form
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The Prytaneion: Its Function and Architectural Form

By Miller, Stephen G.

Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1978 258pg.illlus bibliography.index. 1st US Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine.

$25.00

Pericles and Athens

By Burn, A.R.(Andrew Robert)

London: Hodder & Stoughton /EUP, 1948 253p. index maps on endpapers. Clean unmarked text .Beige cloth binding a little selfworn with some minor damage at head and foot of spine.. 1st UK Edition.. Hard Cover. Good>Very Good/No Jacket.

$12.50

The Greek Stones Speak : The Story of Archaeology in Greek Lands

By MacKendrick,Paul

New York: New American Library, 1966 430p.plates bibliography.,index (neat,clean text but paper covers scuffed and chipped). First Pbk.Ed... Pbk.. Very Good.

$5.00

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