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Classical Nashville : Athens of the South

Author: Christine Kreyling
Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Illustrated with nearly a hundred archival and contemporary photographs, Classical Nashville shows how Nashville earned that appellation through its adoption of classical metaphors in several areas: its educational and literary history, from the first academies through the establishment of the Fugitive movement at Vanderbilt; the classicism of the city's public architecture, including its Capitol and legislative
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Kreyling
ISBN: 0826512771 9780826512772
OCLC Number: 34476965
Description: xvii, 186 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Nashville as Athens --
Ch. I. Learning, Religion, and Literature: The Classical Connections --
Ch. II. Symbols of a City: Public Architecture in Classical Styles --
Ch. III. Where We Live: The Classical Style at Home --
Ch. IV. Athena's New Dwelling: The Nashville Parthenon and the Nashville Athena / Alan LeQuire and Christine Kreyling --
Conclusion: Classical Continuities.
Responsibility: by Christine Kreyling [and others] ; with an essay by Alan LeQuire.
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Illustrated with nearly a hundred archival and contemporary photographs, Classical Nashville shows how Nashville earned that appellation through its adoption of classical metaphors in several areas: its educational and literary history, from the first academies through the establishment of the Fugitive movement at Vanderbilt; the classicism of the city's public architecture, including its Capitol and legislative buildings; the evolution of neoclassicism in homes and private buildings; and the history and current state of the Parthenon, the ultimate symbol of classical Nashville, which houses the awe-inspiring 42-foot statue of Athena by sculptor Alan LeQuire.

Nashville's classical identifications have always been forward-looking rather than antiquarian: ambitious, democratic, entrepreneurial, and culturally substantive. Classical Nashville celebrates the continuation of classical ideals in present-day Nashville, ideals that serve not as monuments to a lost past, but as sources of energy, creativity, and imagination for the future of a city.

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