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Author Scully, Vincent, Jr., 1920-2017.

Title The earth, the temple, and the gods : Greek sacred architecture / Vincent Scully
Edition Revised edition
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [1979]


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Description xxxii, 271 pages, 95 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents Preface to the 1979 edition -- Preface to the 1969 edition -- Preface -- List of illustrations -- Illustrations added in the revised edition -- 1. Landscape and sanctuary -- 2. The great goddess -- 3. The goddess and the lords -- 4. The temple. Hera -- 5. Demeter -- 6. Artemis and Aphrodite -- 7. Apollo -- 8. Zeus -- 9. Poseidon and Athena -- 10. The individual and the gods -- Appendix 1. Addenda -- Appendix 2. The capitals of Klopedi
Summary When The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods first appeared in 1962, it was hailed by the critics for its erudition, historical imagination, and boldness. Subsequently, this comprehensive study of Greek temples and site-planning has been widely accepted as a landmark of architectural history, for it offers an inspired and arresting insight into the nature and function of Greek sacred architecture. Vincent Scully, one of America's most brilliant and articulate scholars, understands the temples as physical embodiments of the gods in landscapes that had for the Greeks divine attributes and sacred connotations. He explores the meanings inherent in the calculated interaction between manmade sculptural forces and the natural landscape, and he relates this interaction to our understanding of Greek culture from the pre-Greek Aegean to the Hellenistic period. Years of research and travel were devoted to this book. Scores of sites were restudied on the spot, including many lesser-known sanctuaries throughout the Hellenic world. The study includes reconstruction drawings, plans, and maps along with its richly illustrated, detailed discussions of major sites. The 1969 revised edition, in which Professor Scully expanded the text and enriched it with the fruit of new researches and writings, is here made newly available. -- from book cover
Analysis Ancient Greek temples Architecture
Notes Includes bibliographical references
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Architecture, Greek.
Gods in art.
Temples -- Mediterranean Region.
Temples -- Greece.
Temples, Greek.
Mediterranean Region -- Description and travel.
LC no. 79012717
ISBN 0300023979 (paperback)