Ancient History & Civilisation

The Parthenon - by Mary Beard

The Parthenon - by Mary Beard

The ruined silhouette of the Parthenon on its hill above Athens is one of the world's most famous images. Its 'looted' Elgin Marbles are a global cause celebre. But what actually are they? In a revised and updated edition, Mary Beard, award winning writer, reviewer and leading Cambridge classicist, tells the history and explains the significance of the Parthenon, the temple of the virgin goddess Athena, the divine patroness of ancient Athens.

Chapter 1. Why the Parthenon might make you cry

Chapter 2. ‘The temple they call the Parthenon’

Chapter 3. ‘The finest Mosque in the world’

Chapter 4. From ruin to reconstruction

Chapter 5. ‘The Golden Age of Athens’?

Chapter 6. Meanwhile, back in London…

Chapter 7. Acropolis now

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