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The Parthenon enigma, Joan Breton Connelly

Label
The Parthenon enigma
Title
The Parthenon enigma
Statement of responsibility
Joan Breton Connelly
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A revisionist portrait of the influential structure challenges basic understandings of the civilization identified with it, explaining how the author's recreation of the ancient building from its natural environment to its pediment uncover a monument glorifying human sacrifice set in a world of cult rituals considerably different from current beliefs
  • "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." "--
Summary
A revisionist portrait of the influential structure challenges basic understandings of the civilization identified with it, explaining how the author's recreation of the ancient building from its natural environment to its pediment uncover a monument glorifying human sacrifice set in a world of cult rituals considerably different from current beliefs
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2014
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10246671
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
726.120809385
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
The Parthenon enigma, Joan Breton Connelly
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-456) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The Sacred Rock : myth and the power of place -- Before the Parthenon : Gods, Monsters, and the Cosmos -- Periklean Pomp : The Parthenon Moment and Its Passing -- The Ultimate Sacrifice : Founding Father, Mother, Daughters -- The Parthenon Frieze : The key to the temple -- Why the Parthenon : War, Death, and Remembrance in the Shaping of Sacred Space -- The Panathenaia : The Performance of Belonging and the Death of the Maiden -- The Well-scrubbed Legacy : The Sincerest of Flattery and the Limits of Acquired Identity
Control code
842880678
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 485 pages
Isbn
9780307476593
Lccn
2013024771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)842880678
Label
The Parthenon enigma, Joan Breton Connelly
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-456) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The Sacred Rock : myth and the power of place -- Before the Parthenon : Gods, Monsters, and the Cosmos -- Periklean Pomp : The Parthenon Moment and Its Passing -- The Ultimate Sacrifice : Founding Father, Mother, Daughters -- The Parthenon Frieze : The key to the temple -- Why the Parthenon : War, Death, and Remembrance in the Shaping of Sacred Space -- The Panathenaia : The Performance of Belonging and the Death of the Maiden -- The Well-scrubbed Legacy : The Sincerest of Flattery and the Limits of Acquired Identity
Control code
842880678
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 485 pages
Isbn
9780307476593
Lccn
2013024771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)842880678

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