The Parthenon and Classical Greece
“Looking at the Parthenon” full text attached.
I did much work in the mid 1990s on the architectural world of Classical Greece, generated initially by the commission of a book on The Parthenon. I particularly followed the strands of
– “Looking at the Parthenon”. Studies in actually seeing the real building and what it signified when first built.
– “Searching for the Parthenon”. Studies tracing a thread of its complex swirling mists of signification back from the late 20th Century, in a reverse chronology to the 5th Century BCE.
– “Standing and sitting on the Akropolis”. Using the two great Athenian akropolis temples to muse on the dialectic between an architecture which stands and one which sits.
Much – including the book commissioned by Phaidon, has not been published.
Published essays include:
In cerca del Partenone/Searching for The Parthenon’, Spazio e Societa (Milano), Anno XX, No. 83, July-September 1998 (Italian and English texts) p.p. 10-27
‘Looking at the Parthenon’, The Journal of Architecture (RIBA Research Journal, E & FN Spon), Vol 2 (1997-8), No. 2, Summer 1997, pp. 161-187 see
‘Messages from the Periclean acropolis’, extended review of Architecture and meaning on the Athenian Acropolis (Rhodes), in The Architects’ Journal, vol 204, 24 October 1996 p42.