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Title Classical Nashville : Athens of the South / by Christine Kreyling [and others] ; with an essay by Alan LeQuire
Edition First edition
Published Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 1996
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 186 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: Nashville as Athens -- Ch. I. Learning, Religion, and Literature: The Classical Connections -- Ch. II. Symbols of a City: Public Architecture in Classical Styles -- Ch. III. Where We Live: The Classical Style at Home -- Ch. IV. Athena's New Dwelling: The Nashville Parthenon and the Nashville Athena / Alan LeQuire and Christine Kreyling -- Conclusion: Classical Continuities
Summary Nashville's classical identifications have always been forward-looking rather than antiquarian: ambitious, democratic, entrepreneurial, and culturally substantive. Classical Nashville celebrates the continuation of classical ideals in present-day Nashville, ideals that serve not as monuments to a lost past, but as sources of energy, creativity, and imagination for the future of a city
Illustrated with nearly a hundred archival and contemporary photographs, Classical Nashville shows how Nashville earned that appellation through its adoption of classical metaphors in several areas: its educational and literary history, from the first academies through the establishment of the Fugitive movement at Vanderbilt; the classicism of the city's public architecture, including its Capitol and legislative buildings; the evolution of neoclassicism in homes and private buildings; and the history and current state of the Parthenon, the ultimate symbol of classical Nashville, which houses the awe-inspiring 42-foot statue of Athena by sculptor Alan LeQuire
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-176) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Nashville (Tenn.) -- Civilization.
United States -- Civilization -- Classical influences.
Form Electronic book
Author Kreyling, Christine, 1949-
ISBN 0585132003 (electronic bk.)
9780585132006 (electronic bk.)