The Parthenon Enigma
Built in the fifth century B.C., the Parthenon has been venerated for more than two millennia as the West’s ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. Since the Enlightenment, it has also come to represent our political ideals, the lavish temple to the goddess Athena serving as the model for our most hallowed civic architecture. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own? And apart from the significance with which we have invested it, what exactly did this marvel of human hands mean to those who made it? In this revolutionary book, Joan Breton Connelly challenges our most basic assumptions about the Parthenon and the ancient Athenians.
"Her book is that rare thing: the exposition of a truely great idea, and a reminder of what a thrilling subject the past, that foreign country, can be." The New York Times
“With first-rate scholarship, an archaeologist reinterprets the Parthenon frieze in this exciting and revelatory history.”
Winner of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Book Award , Phi Beta Kappa Society, 2015
A Notable Book of the Year, 2014, The New York Times
One of Top Ten Works of Nonfiction for 2014, The Daily Beast
One of Top Ten Books in Architecture and Design, Metropolis Magazine