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The Complete Greek Temples

Tony Spawforth

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An authoritative and comprehensive volume on the history and development of Greek temples


This is the first complete, fully illustrated survey of Greek temples ever compiled in one volume. From the debated origins of the temple in the Greek dark ages to its transformation at the end of antiquity, this book summarizes the latest thinking, bringing to light new discoveries, and placing emphasis not only on the architecture but also its cultural and historical context.

Written by a leading authority and profusely illustrated with photographs, maps, plans and reconstruction drawings, this is both an inspiring survey for tourists and travellers and an essential work of reference for all those interested in the monuments of our classical past.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.4 x 19.2 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 400

Publication date: 19 June 2006

ISBN: 9780500051429

Contents List

Introduction: Temples, Lands and Gods • 1. Homes of the Gods: Development, Glory and Decline • 2. Building for the Gods: Siting, Construction, Decoration and Finance • 3. The Living Temple: The Parts of the Temple and their Uses • 4. Encounters with the Gods: The Temple in its Sacred Setting • 5. Seven Journeys through Greek Lands

About the Author

Tony Spawforth is Professor of Ancient History at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University and Honorary Curator of the Shefton Museum of Greek Art there. He is also well-known as a presenter for the BBC television series ‘Ancient Voices’.