The Parthenon Enigma

The Parthenon Enigma

Book - 2014
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"A revolutionary new understanding of the most famous and influential building in the world, a thesis that calls into question our basic understanding of the ancient civilization that we most identify with. For more than two millennia, the Parthenon has been revered as the symbol of Western culture, the epitome of the ancient society from which we derive our highest ideals. It was understood to honor the city-state's patron deity Athena, and its intricately sculpted surface believed to depict a celebration of civic continuity in the birthplace of democracy. But through a close reading of a lost play by Euripides, accidentally discovered on a papyrus wrapping an Egyptian mummy, Joan Connelly began to develop a new theory that has sparked one of the fiercest controversies ever to rock the world of classics. Now, she recounts how our most basic sense of the Parthenon and of the culture that built it may have been crucially mistaken. Re-creating the ancient structure from its natural environment to its pediment, and using a breathtaking range of textual and visual evidence, she uncovers a monument glorifying human sacrifice set in a world of cult rituals quite unlike anything conventionally conjured by the word "Athenian." "-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
ISBN: 9780307593382
030759338X
Branch Call Number: 726.1208 Conn
Characteristics: xxiii, 485 p., [8] p. of col. plates : ill. (some col.)

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Spokoj
Aug 21, 2017

Writing style is indeed quite dry and could easily have been reduced to a 200 page book.

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nerowolfgal
Mar 05, 2014

The writing style is quite dry, but the subjects covered and the interesting tidbits of information are fascinating. Well worth the read.

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