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by Mary Beard
- ART & ARCHITECTURE
- 204 PAGES
Cambridge University classicist Beard brings the Parthenon to life in this lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old Athenian marvel that became, among other things, cathedral, mosque and cultural icon. With 24 black-and-white photographs, a few illustrations, site and building diagrams and a map. The book is both an introduction to the ancient Greeks and an engaging guide to the Parthenon. She opens with a chapter "Why the Parthenon Might make You Cry." A volume in the Harvard University Press series, Wonders of the World.