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Periklean Athens and Its Legacy: Problems and Perspectives
edited by Judith M. Barringer and Jeffrey M. Hurwit
University of Texas Press, 2005
Cloth: 978-0-292-70622-4 | eISBN: 978-0-292-79688-1
Library of Congress Classification N5650.P47 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 709.385


The late fifth century BC was the golden age of ancient Athens. Under the leadership of the renowned soldier-statesman Perikles, Athenians began rebuilding the Akropolis, where they created the still awe-inspiring Parthenon. Athenians also reached a zenith of artistic achievement in sculpture, vase painting, and architecture, which provided continuing inspiration for many succeeding generations.

The specially commissioned essays in this volume offer a fresh, innovative panorama of the art, architecture, history, culture, and influence of Periklean Athens. Written by leading experts in the field, the articles cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • An evaluation of Perikles' military leadership during the early stages of the Peloponnesian War.

  • Iconographical and iconological studies of vase paintings, wall paintings, and sculpture.

  • Explorations of the Parthenon and other monuments of the Athenian Akropolis.

  • The legacy of Periklean Athens and its influence upon later art.

  • Assessments of the modern reception of the Akropolis.

As a whole, this collection of essays proves that even a well-explored field such as Periklean Athens can yield new treasures when mined by perceptive and seasoned investigators.

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