Acropolis (English language edition)
Visiting its Museum and its Monuments
95 colour illustrations. Distributed by University of Exeter Press.
Acropolis: Visiting its Museum and its Monuments, the outcome of assiduous research based on the most recent scientific findings, aims to be a friendly and useful travel companion. Its descriptions and interpretative analyses help us to see the monuments in a different way and to understand the historical, artistic and political events that contributed to their creation. Through the texts and the illustrations we get to know the gods and heroes who were worshipped on the Acropolis, the leaders who envisaged the major projects, the artists who brought them to fruition, as well as the innovative ideas they applied and the Athenian citizens who admired and enjoyed these achievements.
This little book will help us to explore and engage with the monuments of Athens, not with awe but with the joy that springs from knowledge.
THE ANCIENT CITY
THE MUSEUM AND THE BASEMENTS
THE EXHIBITS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE RAMP
The Sanctuary of Nymphe
The Sanctuary of Dionysos and the Theatre
DURING PREHISTORIC AND ARCHAIC TIMES
The Archaic pediments
DURING THE PERSIAN WARS
Works in the Severe Style
THE CLASSICAL ACROPOLIS
THE PROPYLAIA THE TEMPLE OF ATHENA or WINGLESS NIKE
The Karyatids and the frieze
EX-VOTOS ON THE ACROPOLIS
Historical and political context
THE SCULPTED DECORATION
Frieze and Panathenaia
Frieze and art
Frieze and politics
The colours of the monuments
Stylistic and interpretative approach
The cult statue
Ideology and politics in the Acropolis monuments
Panos Valavanis is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Athens, teaching and researching in the fields of classical vase painting, topography of ancient Athens, classical architecture, Greek athletics and ancient Greek technology.