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Well Worth a Shindy

Madry, Sarah Brandes

ISBN 10: 0595773818 / ISBN 13: 9780595773817
Published by IUniverse, New York, 2004
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Title: Well Worth a Shindy

Publisher: IUniverse, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Well Worth a Shindy tells the story of the Old Well, beloved symbol of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the United States' first public university. The Old Well is a Greco-Roman garden temple built in 1897 over an old water well on the campus. The facts concerning the Old Well's beginnings serve to introduce an historical study of the round temple from Mycenaean tholos tombs and treasuries to eighteenth-century English garden follies. The reasons that the Old Well was built, according to its commissioner, Edwin Alderman, the sixth president of the University of North Carolina, are repetitious of those that directed such as Alexander the Great, Augustus Caesar, and Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain to build round temples to be symbols of their territorial and dynastic desires. The mythological, philosophical, and artistic conventions that Alderman and the designer of the Old Well, Eugene Lewis Harris, used to construct the temple were not new but were ancient guides filtered through Medieval and Renaissance prisms. A catalog of over 100 round structures in 14 countries is provided.

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Sarah Brandes Madry was born in Oxford, Mississippi in 1949, was a high school student at Athens High School in Athens, Ohio. She graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1967, UNC Chapel Hill in 1971, and received her masters in education from UNC Chapel Hill in 1981. She lives with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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