by Lynn Curlee

Other authorsLynn Curlee (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2004



Call number

726.12 Cur

Call number

726.12 Cur

Local notes

726.12 Cur




Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2004), 40 pages


A detailed history of the Parthenon exploring its construction and restoration.


Original language


Physical description

40 p.; 11.26 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member champlin
Information Book. This book is a detailed history of the Parthenon exploring its construction and restoration. This book provides great information about ancient architecture. This author has written many other informational books, her work is beautiful and trustworthy. I would use this book in the
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classroom for history and architecture.
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LibraryThing member themulhern
I love reading children's books about the Parthenon. They are generally full of architectural illustrations, lively scenes of building, or people congregating. They leave out some of the nastier bits of Athenian politics of the time, postponing that discussion to the adult books. This one is no
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exception and so I enjoyed it.

However, it had some flaws. The illustrations of living humans or of gods were a bit wooden. The discussion of the removal of the Parthenon sculptures to the Briitsh Museum has a strange malapropism: "By taking them, Elgin inadvertently preserved them." "Inadvertently" has more or less the meaning of "unintentionally". It is certain that Elgin was aware that if the sculptures were left where they were they were likely to be destroyed and determined to appropriate them for that reason, as well as many others. Then, as now, archaeology is often frustrated by the destruction of artifacts.
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