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Problems in Periclean Buildings   By: (1879-1965)

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In "Problems in Periclean Buildings" by G. W. Elderkin, readers are treated to a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the challenges faced by ancient architects and builders during the time of Pericles in Athens. Elderkin's deep knowledge and passion for this era shine through as he skillfully uncovers the intricacies of construction techniques and the vexing issues encountered in erecting some of the most famous and iconic buildings of that time.

One of the book's strengths lies in Elderkin's ability to merge scholarly research and engaging storytelling. By seamlessly blending historical facts, archaeological evidence, and vivid descriptions, he transports readers back to ancient Athens, allowing us to witness the construction of these magnificent structures firsthand. His attention to detail is truly commendable, as he brings to life the various challenges faced by architects, craftsmen, and laborers, showcasing their ingenious solutions to complex architectural problems.

Another aspect that sets this book apart is its accessibility. Far from being a dry academic work, "Problems in Periclean Buildings" is written in a clear and engaging manner, making it appealing to a wide range of readers. Elderkin strikes a perfect balance between technical discussions and captivating narratives, ensuring that both experts in architecture and casual enthusiasts can appreciate and enjoy this book.

Moreover, the author's enthusiasm for the subject matter is infectious. Page after page, readers cannot help but share in Elderkin's fascination for the perfection and grandeur of these ancient structures. His enthusiasm is also evident in the numerous illustrations and diagrams included, aiding in the understanding of complex architectural concepts and enhancing the overall reading experience.

However, it is worth noting that those hoping for an in-depth analysis of the cultural and historical contextualization of Periclean buildings may find this book slightly lacking. While Elderkin does touch upon the broader historical background, the focus remains predominantly on the technical aspects of construction. Consequently, readers seeking a more holistic understanding of the significance and symbolism behind these buildings may need to supplement their reading with additional sources.

In conclusion, "Problems in Periclean Buildings" is a remarkable work that sheds light on the challenges faced during the construction of ancient buildings in Athens. Through his exceptional storytelling skills and meticulous attention to detail, Elderkin provides readers with a captivating journey through time. Despite a somewhat limited contextual analysis, this book remains an invaluable resource for those interested in ancient architecture, offering both depth of knowledge and an enjoyable reading experience.

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PROBLEMS IN PERICLEAN BUILDINGS

PRINCETON MONOGRAPHS IN ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY II

PROBLEMS IN PERICLEAN BUILDINGS

BY

G. W. ELDERKIN, PH.D.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, PRECEPTOR IN ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS PRINCETON LONDON: HENRY FROWDE OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 1912

Copyright, 1912, by Princeton University Press for the United States of America.

Printed by Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J., U. S. A.

CONTENTS

I. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE IRREGULARITY OF THE PROPYLAEA 1

II. AN INTERPRETATION OF THE CARYATID PORCH 13

III. THE ERECHTHEUM AS BUILT 19

IV. THE ERECHTHEUM AS PLANNED 49

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

1. EAST WINDOW OF THE PINAKOTHEKE.

2. THE PINAKOTHEKE AS SEEN FROM THE BASE OF THE BASTION OF THE TEMPLE OF WINGLESS VICTORY.

3. THE PINAKOTHEKE AS SEEN FROM A POINT NEAR THE AXIS OF THE CENTRAL PORTAL.

4. PLAN OF PROPYLAEA WITH ZIGZAG ROAD OF ASCENT.

5. SCENE ON AN ARCHAIC AMPHORA.

6. NORTH END OF WESTERN INTERIOR FOUNDATION OF THE ERECHTHEUM. VIEW FROM THE EAST.

7. THE GROUND PLAN OF THE ERECHTHEUM AS BUILT.

8. THE NORTH SIDE OF THE DOOR IN THE WEST WALL.

9. NORTH WALL AT PLACE OF CONTACT WITH THE EASTERN CROSS WALL... Continue reading book >>




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