Week 6: From Persia to Athens

Recognizing that, thanks to the storm a couple of weeks ago, we’re now a full day behind, I’m going to try to make some adjustments.

Tuesday Feb 15:

We’ll continue talking about the Achaemenid Empire and Achaemenid Imperial Art.  No additional reading for today, but you may want to get started on the reading for Thursday.

Thursday Feb 17:

Today we’ll look at Parthenon Frieze – one of the most discussed work of ancient Greek art.  It adorns the Parthenon, which was part of a massive building project undertaken at the height of Athenian power in the fifth century.  The development of Athenian and Greek culture and identity in the fifth century was certainly affected by its relationship with and the spectre of the Persian Empire.  Today we’ll focus on the varying interpretations of the frieze, and next week we’ll look at the Acropolis more broadly and Athenian representation of themselves and others.

Stewart, A.  1997.  Art Desire and the Body.  (Cambridge)  Pp 75-85 (“eternal springtime”) Stewart art desire body

Hurwitt, J.  1999.      The Athenian Acropolis, ch. 9, “The Parthenon frieze, nike, and thematic unity on the classical acropolis.” Hurwit ch 9

Root, M. C.  1985.  “The Parthenon frieze and the Apadana reliefs at Persepolis: reassessing a programmatic relationship.”  American Journal of Archaeology 89.1: 103-120.  Available on JSTOR: http://www.jstor.org/stable/504773

If you don’t have access to jstor, you can download it here: Root 1985

Here’s a good website on the Parthenon frieze, which has images of all the fragments (spread out between Athens, London, and Paris).  The page opens in Greek, but to get to the english version, there’s a little button in the lower right hand corner.  http://www.parthenonfrieze.gr/

 

 

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