Parthenon: Power and Politics on the Acropolis


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  • This book tells the story of the Parthenon, a temple/war memorial in Athens that is one of the world’s most iconic buildings: today, its silhouette symbolises Greece.

    Parthenon: Power and Politics on the Acropolis takes the reader through the dramatic story of the conception and creation of the Parthenon, setting it against a turbulent historical background and rooting the building firmly in the real and mythological landscape of Athens.

    Written as a pacy, narrative history, the text features a cast of memorable characters, including Themistocles, the general whose decision to evacuate Athens led to the Persian sack of the acropolis; Pericles, visionary statesman and mastermind of the Athens’ building project; and Pheidias, who created the cult statue of Athene, and narrowly escaped impeachment for embezzlement.

    Beautifully illustrated with site photography, details from the Parthenon sculptures and other related artworks from the collection of the British Museum, this book explores the Parthenon as the spiritual heart of a network of commanding buildings, devised by Pericles and continued by his successors to promote the power of Athens as leader of the Greek world.


    David Stuttard has taught classics and published and directed his own translations and adaptations of Greek tragedies for his touring theatre company, for TV, films and radio. Author of Power Games: Ritual and Rivalry at the Ancient Olympic Games and co-author of AD410: The Year That Shook Rome and 31 BC: Antony and Cleopatra and the Fall of Egypt, David has also edited numerous books on Greek drama.

  • Product code: cmc22847
    Details: History, Geography and Culture
    World culture: Ancient Greece
    Title: Parthenon
    Subtitle: Power and Politics on the Acropolis
    Author: David Stuttard
    ISBN: 978 0 7141 2284 7
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240 pages
    Size: 20cm x 13cm
    llustrations: 60 colour illustrations plus 3 maps
    Publication date: October 2013
    Weight: 0.369kg
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