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Classical Greek Architecture: The Construction of the Modern Hardcover – 25 Oct 2004

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The ancient Greeks built some of the most timeless and enduring monuments the world has ever seen - sites that have become synonymous with all that is best in European culture, from the Parthenon and the temple of Athena Nike to the Olympic Stadium. Professor Alexander Tzonis, a renowned architectural historian, examines the significance of the buildings and sites of Greek classical antiquity, not as an expression of pedantic rules, but as an innovative design paradigm: suiting the architecture to the needs of the site. He stresses the contribution of these anonymous planners to the thinking of the modern architectural movement. Classical Greek Architecture features fascinating archival photographs, site maps, and architectural plans. It discusses not only the technology, but also the myths and rituals, the social structures, and political conflicts that have all left their mark in the ultimate design of the building. With chapters covering a range of topics from the status of Greek architecture today and the uses of the various types of building to the influences of African and Asian cultures on the Greeks, this is a thorough, scholarly, yet accessible work of reference.

The text is accompanied by a number of invaluable appendices, including maps, a glossary, and a detailed bibliography.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I realy enjoyed the detailed drawings (plan 28 Jan. 2017
By Theron Gabel - Published on
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Very indept interpretation of Greek classical architecture as a very fluid innovative development of form and tectonics of classical architecture that parallels similar development of modern architecture. The book debunks the myth that classical architecture as replication of strict canon of repetition of form from one building to the next. I realy enjoyed the detailed drawings (plan, section, axometric) as an Architect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal book! 12 Jan. 2005
By A. McDonald - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a practicing architect and also a student of architectural history this is not only one of the best books on the history of Greek architecture, I think it's one of the best books of architectural history published in the last ten years, period. It makes broad sweeps confidently, it has extraordinary close readings of individual works. All are compelling.

And the book it beautiful -- well designed, a beautiful collection of photographs, excellent line drawings. The images and drawings are so good everyone in my office was pouring over this thing all week.

Finally -- it is a compelling argument for the continuing relevance of the greek architectural accomplishment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible ! 18 April 2008
By Stephen Kocsis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
One of the best books I have ever seen on architecture. I have started building architectural models since my retirement and this book, paired with my old Banister-Fletcher "A History of Architecture", is a fantastic journey and source. At first I missed the dimensions from B-F by then I realized the pure forms must be presented and really reflected upon, BEFORE the model was realized.

The drawings, photos, and layout are so good that it's like sitting down with an old friend. A very welcome "old" friend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classical Greek Architecture - The Construction of the Modern 13 Feb. 2008
By Matt - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is quite a good book for classical archaeologists or those who are interested in Classical Greece, but more helpful - I think - is for architects who are keen on ancient greek constructions.
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