The Complete Greek Temples [Hardback]

Antony Spawforth (Author)

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ISBN: 9780500051429 | Published by: Thames and Hudson | Year of Publication: 2006 | Language: English 240p, >400 illus




The Complete Greek Temples

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Oxbow says: A free-standing rectangle of columns, built on a raised platform, framing an inner building topped with a pitched roof, the archetypal Greek temple as a cultural and architectural phenomenon has become the emblem of ancient Greece. This book celebrates the aesthetic qualities of the Greek temple and, more importantly, reinstates the religious context in which they were conceived, built and functioned. Split into five parts the book examines the origins and early development of the Greek temple from the Greek Dark Ages through to the end of Antiquity. Thereafter, Tony Spawforth looks at the practicalities and logistics of their siting, construction, decoration and financing. The next two sections focus on the temple as a place of worship, discussing the priests and festivals, the deities themselves, the rituals performed and the sacred images installed within the temple walls. The last part comprises a well illustrated gazetteer of Greek temples across the the Mediterranean, from Italy and Sicily, Athens, Attica and the Saronic Gulf, the Peloponnese, central and northern Greece, to the Aegean Islands and the Black Sea, Asia Minor, Syria and North Africe. Photographs, maps, plans and reconstruction drawings can be found throughout this excellent history of Greek temples.

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