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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

To Archaiologiko Museio Thessalonikes

By Grammenos, Demetrios B

Athens: Eurobank / Idryma I.S.Latsis, 2004 Large format beautifully illustrated book about the treasures of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. 378p. This extremely large [14x11x4 inches - 35x28x4cm] and heavy volume weighs. 3.5 kg.- almost 8 lbs. 1st Greek Edition.. Hardcover. New/New.

$400.00

Greek Art
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Greek Art

By Spivey, Nigel

London: Phaidon Press, 1999 Nigel Spivey sets the formation of the classical style in its proper historical context. He considers how Greek art was inextricably bound up with the social, religious, philosophical and political factors of the period and explains the art not only in terms of those who commissioned and created it, but also with reference to the archaeology of the places which hosted it. 450p. illus bibliography. index. Reprint.. French Wraps. New.

$30.00

Greek and Roman Gold and Silver Plate

By Strong, D.E

London: Methuen, 1966 The only flaw is the shadow of an old price sticker on the first endpaper. Pages clean and unmarked, binding tight - looks unread. There are some small damaged sections on the dust jacket, which is now protected by a plastic sleeve.235p. Illus B & W in text + 68 pages of photographs, Appendices, indexes. 1st UK Ed... Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good, Price Clipped.

$50.00

Greek & Roman Portraits, 470 BC - AD 500

Boston, MA: Museum Of Fine Arts, 1959 Catalogue of exhibition . 68p. illus. Exlibris label on ffep. 1st.US Edition.. Softcover. Very Good.

$17.50

English Bards and Grecian Marbles : The Relationship Between Sculpture and Poetry Especially in the Romantic Period

By Larrabee,Stephen A

Port Washington NY: Kennicat Press, 1964 Clean neat copy, minor signs of library ownership on endpapers, spine and small stamp on title page. Facsimile Reprint. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket.

$35.00

Greek Sculpture: a Critical Review.

By Carpenter, Rhys.

Chicago IL: University of Chicago Press, 1960 273p. + XLVII plates bibliography. index (From the library of Father M.Owen Lee, Classicist and well known commentator on the radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera) $17.50. Re-issue. Very Good.

$17.50

Greek Sculpture: a Critical Review.

By Carpenter, Rhys.

Chicago IL: University of Chicago Press, 1960 Good student reading copy, some underlinings 273p. + XLVII plates bibliography. index. Re-issue. Good.

$10.00

Greek Sculpture: a Critical Review.

By Carpenter, Rhys.

Chicago IL: University of Chicago Press, 1960 Good student reading copy, some underlinings 273p. + XLVII plates bibliography. index. Re-issue. Good.

$10.00

The Acropolis

By Rodenwaldt, Gerhart

Norman OK: University of Oklahoma Pr., 1957 First published 1930, the text by the former director if the German Archaeological Institute is illuminated by the photographs of Walter Hege. 61pp text, 104p. plates ( B & W) Bookplate of previous owner, else NF. 2nd.ed.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good, Price Clipped. Illus. by photographs by Walter Hege.

$35.00

A Handbook of Greek Sculpture

By Gardner, Ernest Arthur

London: Macmillan & Co, 1924 Monumental late 19th C. work. 6p5 p. illus ( B & W) index.From the library of Grece Irwin. Name on ffep. Nice clean copy. Slight shelf wear, especially to head and foot of spine. 2nd Ed.. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket.

$45.00

Greek Sculpture and Painting to the End of the Hellenistic Period

By Beazley,,J.D. & Ashmole, Bernard

Cambridge: Cambridge U.P., 1932 Contents: Early Greek art: introduction; Geometric art; Oriental influences & the earliest archaic art; The sixth century, to 520BC: early & middle archaic sculpture; The sixth century, to 520BC: early & middle archaic painting; Late archaic sculpture; Late archaic painting; Early classical sculpture; Early classical painting; Classical sculpture I: the second half of the fifth century; Classical painting I: the second half of the fifth century; Classical sculpture ii: the fourth century; Classical painting ii: the fourth century; Hellenistic art: introduction; Athenian sculptors in the early Hellenistic age, Alexandria; The pupils of Lysippos & the Rhodian school; The first Pergamene school; The second & first centuries; Hellenistic painting;. 1st UK Edition.. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket.

$27.50

Warriors from a Watery Grave (IN Vol.163 # 6 June 1983 P.821-827

By Alsop, Joseph

Washington: National Geographic, 1983 Article on the underwater discvery of ancient bronze statues off Riace in Italy.. Soft Cover. Very Good. Periodical/Magazine.

$7.00

Greek Sculpture and Painting to the End of the Hellenistic Period

By Beazley,,J.D. & Ashmole, Bernard

Cambridge: Cambridge U.P., 1932 Contents: Early Greek art: introduction; Geometric art; Oriental influences & the earliest archaic art; The sixth century, to 520BC: early & middle archaic sculpture; The sixth century, to 520BC: early & middle archaic painting; Late archaic sculpture; Late archaic painting; Early classical sculpture; Early classical painting; Classical sculpture I: the second half of the fifth century; Classical painting I: the second half of the fifth century; Classical sculpture ii: the fourth century; Classical painting ii: the fourth century; Hellenistic art: introduction; Athenian sculptors in the early Hellenistic age, Alexandria; The pupils of Lysippos & the Rhodian school; The first Pergamene school; The second & first centuries; Hellenistic painting. 107p. (+ 52p. plates) This copy some underlining in pencil.. 1st UK Edition.. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket.

$25.00

Le Musee Archaeologique National d'Athenes (IN FRENCH)

By Meletzis, Spyros & Papadakis, Helene

Munich: Verlag Schnell & Steiner, 1967 Collection of lovely photographs of Greek works of art in the National Museum, Athens. 11p. text + 80 p plates. 4th.Ed... Original Wraps. Very Good.

$11.00

The Esthetic Basis of Greek Art of the Fifth and Fourth Centuries BC

By Carpenter,Rhys

Bloomington, IN: Indiana Historical Society Numbered. Soft Cover. Very Good.

$9.00

Greek and Roman Jewellery (Cameo series)
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Greek and Roman Jewellery (Cameo series)

By Coarelli, Filipo

London: Paul Hamlyn, 1970 Smail illustrated handbook on Greek and Roman gems and jewellery. 157p. plates (col.). 1st UK Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

$20.00

The Principles of Greek Art

By Gardner, Percy

London: Macmillan, 1921 352p. plates index. Nice clean unmarked text, some shelfwear . usual library marks. Reprint. Hard Cover. Very Good. Ex-Library.

$20.00

Acropolis and Museum

By Meletzis, Spyros & Papadakis, Helene

Munich: Verlag Schnell & Steiner, 1975 44p. text + 120p plates. 4th.Ed... French Wraps. Near Fine.

$12.00

A Handbook of Greek Art

By Richter, Gisela M.A.

London: Phaidon Press, 1965 "A survey of the visual arts of ancient Greece" 424p. illus (some col) map.bibliography.index.. 4th.Ed... Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good, Price Clipped.

$22.50

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