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The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles Paperback with CD-ROM


  • 145 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 330 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.84 kg

1 CD extra (CD/CD-ROM), 1 Paperback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521527408 | ISBN-10: 0521527406)

This book is an abridged and revised edition of the author's monumental The Athenian Acropolis: History, Mythology and Archaeology from the Neolithic Era to the Present. It focuses specifically on the development of the Acropolis in the fifth century BC and the building program initiated by Pericles. Placing the century-long development within its historical and cultural contexts, Jeffrey Hurwit explores the physical nature of the Acropolis itself, the character of the goddess Athena, and how the building program exploits and reveals the Acropolis's own venerable history. He also offers an interpretation of the thematic unity that links the many structures of the Periclean Acropolis. Incorporating the latest discoveries and research on individual monuments of the Acropolis, this edition is illustrated with 145 halftones as well as a CD-ROM including 180 colour images of the monuments of the Acropolis.

• Accessible to a wide audience, from tourists to students and specialists • Incorporates latest research on the Acropolis • Includes a CD-ROM with 180 color images


1. The rock and the goddess; 2. Landscape of memory: the past on the classical acropolis; 3. Pericles, Athens, and the building program; 4. The Parthenon; 5. The Propylaia; 6. The Erechtheion (the classical temple of Athena Polias); 7. The sanctuary of Athena Nike; 8. The rest of the program; 9. Conclusion: the Periclean Acropolis as a whole.


'While Hurwit's summaries are invaluable to the general reader, he occasionally presents alternative interpretations that will intrigue the specialist.' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

'This is the first single-authored, academic study of the impact of the Great War on Ireland, and it performs this pioneering role admirably. It provides an essential introduction to the subject and suggests avenues for further study … This is an immensely valuable book that is certain to become a standard text. It is engagingly written, well illustrated and will be of benefit to, and enjoyed by, anyone interested in Irish history.' Reviews in History

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