Hellenistic Architecture in Asia Minor

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This book presents the urbanistic, institutional and architectural legacy of a highly underrated period of history from an entirely fresh point of view, objectively comparing it with the Classical aesthetic that immediately preceded it. Using detailed descriptions of a majority of the Hellenistic cities in Asia Minor which have remained in a state of preservation because of their inaccessibility and isolation, the author provides a critical analysis of each. This analysis serves to place the substantial tectonic evidence that still exists there in a proper historical perspective. The text is accompanied by many rare images taken by the renowned Turkish photographer Ersin Alok, as well as survey drawings of the cities discussed, which are presented here for the first time. This in-depth presentation aims to revise current attitudes about this important subject.

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Hellenistic architecture is considered by some to be a degradation of the Classical style, but architect Steele argues that Alexander's willingness to accommodate local traditions enriched the art, imbuing it with an individual characteristic that matched the developing sense of the individual in Greece proper. Steele examines Alexander's motivations and attitudes toward the lands he conquered as a basis for understanding Hellenistic architecture. His thought-provoking, if somewhat dry, comments are augmented by a series of excellent town plans. It is Alok's photography that makes this book a treasure. Alok provides clear, dramatic photos that show incredible detail. The local geography and the subsequent Roman development are also well represented. Recommended for large collections specializing in ancient Greece, Asia Minor, or architecture.
- Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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