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The Parthenon frieze

Author: Ian Jenkins; British Museum. Trustees.
Publisher: London : British Museum Press for the Trustees of the British Museum, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The artistic genius of Athens in the fifth century BC reached its peak in the sculpted marble reliefs of the Parthenon frieze. Designed by Phidias and carved by a team of anonymous masons, the frieze adorned the temple of Athena on the Acropolis and represents a festival procession in honour of the Olympian gods. Its original composition and precise meaning, however, have long been the subject of lively debate. This  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Jenkins; British Museum. Trustees.
ISBN: 0714122009 9780714122007 0292740387 9780292740389
OCLC Number: 60298427
Description: 119 pages, 4 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), plans ; 23 x 28 cm
Contents: The Parthenon and Athens --
The frieze and its subject --
A poem in stone --
The Peplos scene --
The arrangement of the frieze.
Responsibility: Ian Jenkins.

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The artistic genius of Athens in the fifth century BC reached its peak in the sculpted marble reliefs of the Parthenon frieze. Designed by Phidias and carved by a team of anonymous masons, the frieze adorned the temple of Athena on the Acropolis and represents a festival procession in honour of the Olympian gods. Its original composition and precise meaning, however, have long been the subject of lively debate. This book reconstructs the frieze in its entirety according to the most up-to-date research, with a detailed scene-by-scene commentary, and the superb quality of the carving is vividly shown in a series of close-up photographs. In his introduction Ian Jenkins places the frieze in its architectural, historical and artistic setting. He discusses the various interpretations suggested by previous scholars, and finally puts forward a view of his own.

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