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Living ruins, value conflicts

"Using the classical Greek legacy of monuments and ruins by way of illustration, this book examines the symbolic, ideological, geographical and aesthetic importance of Greek classical iconography for the Western world. It describes the historic process of monument restoration and enhancement as an expression of complexity and analyses the changing perceptions and aesthetic visions over the past two centuries. The book examines how classical Greek monuments are simultaneously perceived as sublime national symbols and as a mythological and archetypal reference against which modern Western modernism is measured, investigating the dialogue this double identity leads to, as well as frequent clashes, between ancient monuments and their modern urban or regional environment. Constant themes running through the book are the ways in which archaeology and monumentality affect modern life, the modern aesthetic, our notions of nationhood, of place, of self and the limits and possibilities for national development imposed by the need to ensure ruins are kept alive."--PUBLISHER
Print Book, English, ©2008
Ashgate, Aldershot, England, ©2008
xiii, 359 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
9780754672289, 075467228X
pt. I. : 1. Ancient Greece for modern Greece and the western world
2. The social construction of monumentality : ancient monuments and the monumental in space
3. The aesthetics of protection of ancient architectural heritage
4. Landscaping archaeological spaces
pt. II. : 5. The organization of ancient heritage protection in Greece
6. The central archaeological council
7. The Acropolis of Athens and its immediate environment : the defence of a myth by modern Greek society