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Stones of the Parthenon
Korres, M. (Manolēs)
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First English edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, [2000]

Physical Description:
69 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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TN967 .K685 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Most visitors to the Acropolis in Athens pause to wonder how the large marble pieces were hauled up the sacred mount. In fact, even with today's far more advanced construction equipment, it would be impossible to match the precision with which the ancient builders built the imposing structures of the Parthenon in just eight years!
The Stones of the Parthenon is a riveting investigation of the technological achievements of the ancient Greeks. This highly readable account explains how an 11-ton Doric column capital was quarried and transported to Athens. The author's intricate line drawings clearly illustrate the methods and tools employed in the accomplishment of this feat of ancient craftsmanship.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. This slim, small-format book, with a cover resembling a limited-edition adult title, takes readers step-by-step through the building techniques used to construct the Parthenon. Reminiscent of David Macaulay's work, ink drawings illustrate brief chapters narrated in a present tense, you-are-there style. Although the language is stiff and slightly awkward in places, and both text and illustrations lack Macaulay's ease and humor, the book does a good job of describing basic engineering principles while providing some historical background. Notes, a glossary, and a bibliography of adult (and in some cases foreign) titles are appended. Not a necessary purchase but consider this for larger collections where material about engineering and art history are in demand. --Gillian Engberg

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 7
1. Athens and Her Quarriesp. 10
2. The Pentelicon Quarryp. 14
3. The Marble for the Column Capitalp. 16
4. Sockets for Wedges and Leversp. 18
5. Splitting the Block from the Parent Rockp. 20
6. Preparing to Cut Away Excess Marblep. 22
7. Removing Excess Marblep. 24
8. Squaring the Blockp. 26
9. Overturning the Block to Work on the Undersidep. 28
10. Stages in the Formation of the Column Capitalp. 30
11. Assembling a Timber Sledgep. 32
12. Hoisting the Block to the Quarry Entrancep. 34
13. Descending to the Loading Platformp. 36
14. Loading the Capital onto the Large Wagonp. 38
15. On the Road to Athensp. 40
16. On the Eastern Outskirts of the Cityp. 42
17. Passing the South Slope of the Acropolisp. 44
18. From the Ramp to the Propylon via the "Balanced Wagon" Methodp. 48
19. At the Work Site to the East of the Parthenonp. 52
20. A Dilemma: Greater Economy or Greater Security?p. 54
21. The Work Site after the Persian Attackp. 56
22. The Same Site, Fifty Years Laterp. 58
23. Time Futurep. 60
Notesp. 63
Glossaryp. 65
Bibliographyp. 69