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The Athenian Acropolis: History, Mythology, and Archaeology from the Neolithic Era to the Present Paperback – 13 Jan 2000

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New edition edition (13 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521428343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521428347
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 960,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… a magisterial study … [Hurwit] displays immense erudition and command of the scholarly literature … Yet far from producing a dryly academic treatise, Hurwit constructs a vivid picture of this multipurpose hub of urban life and details just how the Acropolis was used, when and by whom.' New York Times Book Review

'For sheer volume of information presented in an accessible format … the book has no peer and it certainly should be part of the library of every serious student of ancient Athens … Hurwit gives us what must be pretty much the last word on the Acropolis of the 20th century. Thanks to this book, it is a monument we can revisit again and again.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'This is a monumental undertaking, and the resulting book is a very wide-ranging and detailed survey of the most famous site in the Greek world.' The Classical Review

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The Athenian Acropolis is a comprehensive study of the art, archaeology, myths, cults, and function of one of the most illustrious sites in the West. It is the most thorough book on the Acropolis to be published in English in nearly a century.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
Jeffrey Hurwit's compelling way of introducing the reader to an Ancient Greek marvel is both fun and informative. You learn anwsers to things you would personally want to know like "Could the average Greek enter the Parthenon?" A great "bread and butter" book to have on hand if you are at all interested in art or architecture.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Thorough and Fresh Look at Ancient Greece's Acropolis 8 July 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Jeffrey Hurwit's compelling way of introducing the reader to an Ancient Greek marvel is both fun and informative. You learn anwsers to things you would personally want to know like "Could the average Greek enter the Parthenon?" A great "bread and butter" book to have on hand if you are at all interested in art or architecture.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A comprehensive reference book on the Acropolis 23 May 2003
By Diotima - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book distills generations of research and provides up-to-date information.
My only quibble is that the author accepts the art historians' view on the refinements in the Parthenon rather than having presented a practical architectural examination of the building. Otherwise it's a tour de force.
One more thing: don't be put off by the out of focus photograph on the cover.
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