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Architecture and Meaning on the Athenian Acropolis focuses on the architectural complex that is generally considered to be one of the outstanding achievements of Western civilization. Though the buildings and sculpture of the Acropolis, erected over the course of the fifth century B.C., have been scrutinized by scholars for more than a century, Robin Rhodes' sensitive analysis is the first to consider the ensemble as a whole and to explain how the monuments communicate meaningfully with one another to form an iconographic narrative. His study also examines the sculpture and decoration, which were conceived together with the abstract features, while relating both to the larger issues in Greek architecture and aesthetics.
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Erected over the course of the fifth century B.C., the buildings and sculpture of the Acropolis have been scrutinized by scholars for more than a century. This analysis is the first to consider the ensemble as a whole and explain how the monuments form an iconographic narrative.Review:
"Written by a scholar with a sensitive eye for the Greek landscape and a firm grasp of architectural principles, Rhodes's interpretive essay is enjoyable reading. For the beginning student it will serve as a thoughtful introduction to one of the most impressive religious complexes ever created..." Jenifer Neils, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
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