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Greek Architecture and Its Sculpture
by Ian Jenkins
From Athens and Arcadia on one side of the Aegean Sea and from Ionia, Lycia, and Karia on the other, this book brings together some of the great monuments of classical antiquity --among them two of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the later temple of Artemis at Ephesos and the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos. Drawing on the Greek and Lycian architecture and sculpture in ...more
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Harvard University Press
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Jenkins is a curator in the British Museum for Greek architecture and sculpture. In this book he describes in depth several Greeks temples. Quite a bit is done on the temples and sculpture of the Acropolis: the Parthenon, the Nike-temple and the Erechtheum. Part of his studies concentrate on the so called Elgin marbles; the reliefs of the Parthenon Frieze which were bought from the Ottoman Empire by Lord Elgin. The other monuments are: the temple of Artemis and the mausoleum of Halicarnassus.
A very good historical and architectural book, covering the material about the remains of the ancient Greek monuments, exhibited at the British museum. The only thing that prevents me from giving five stars to this source is a chapter on the Greek Mausoleum. The language is easy to understand, and the book is very fascinating. Well done, Jan Jenkins!
Regardless of your feelings on the removal of architectural sculpture from ancient structures, this book is useful for placing sculpture in the collection of the British Museum back into its larger architectural and archaeological contexts.