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The Parthenon of ancient Greece
Nardo, Don, 1947-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Discusses the origins, construction, completion, uses, history, and eventual ruin of the Parthenon.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 10.4 3.0 31307.
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NA281 .N37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Discusses the origins, construction, completion, uses, history, and eventual ruin of the Parthenon.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. These volumes from the Building History series focus on places that were notable in their times and have relevance today. Each book discusses its subject in a way that enlightens readers about the history and culture of its time and place. Versailles begins with King Louis XIII building a small hunting lodge in the rural hamlet of Versailles in 1623. Through the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI, the estate grew into an enormous complex of palaces and related buildings, enhanced by elaborate formal gardens. The book looks not only at architectural considerations but also at the social and political ramifications of housing all the French nobility in one opulent place supported by the labor and taxes of the peasantry. Parthenon begins with the political structure of ancient Greece and then discusses the development of temple building, the construction and destruction in the seventeenth century of the Parthenon, and its importance to Roman, European, and American architecture. Each of these books is informative and useful; however, the lackluster format, covers, and illustrations will do little to draw readers. Small, black-and-white photos, diagrams, and reproductions of paintings, drawings, and engravings appear throughout the books but do not suggest the grandeur of their subjects. Still, these books are informative and should be useful for research. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-Each of these slender volumes introduces a recognizable structure, explaining its social and historical context and why it is remarkable for its architecture and its impact on its society. The texts follow a logical progression from plans to build, through the building process, to ample description of how each one was used in its time, and then to the destruction and current plans for restoration. Photographs, images, and drawings, some of which serve to explain the occasionally difficult vocabulary, appear throughout. Medieval Castle traces the development of castles from wooden buildings to massive stone constructions that served as fortresses, social centers, and living quarters for noblemen. The Parthenon is described as "the most perfect structure ever erected," and the genius of its design, which has been copied for centuries, is being closely studied as restoration continues. The Colosseum was once the site of extravagant performances and some of the bloodiest exhibitions ever staged. Although these volumes are fact-filled and would provide ample information for reports, they read like stories, with historical and anecdotal passages that add interest to the technical and historical data. Despite their challenging content, these titles will interest readers of history and fans of art and architecture.-MaryAnn Karre, West Middle School, Binghamton, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.