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Who Saved the Parthenon?

A New History of the Acropolis Before, During and After the Greek Revolution

by William St Clair

Who Saved the Parthenon?

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In this magisterial book, William St Clair unfolds the history of the Parthenon throughout the modern era to the present day, with special emphasis on the period before, during, and after the Greek War of Independence of 1821 - 32. Focusing particularly on the question of who saved the Parthenon from destruction during this conflict, with the help of documents that shed a new light on this enduring question, he explores the contributions made by the Philhellenes, Ancient Athenians, Ottomans and the Great Powers.

Marshalling a vast amount of primary evidence, much of it previously unexamined and published here for the first time, St Clair rigorously explores the multiple ways in which the Parthenon has served both as a cultural icon onto which meanings are projected and as a symbol of particular national, religious and racial identities, as well as how it illuminates larger questions about the uses of built heritage. This book has a companion volume with the classical Parthenon as its main focus, which offers new ways of recovering the monument and its meanings in ancient times.

St Clair builds on the success of his classic text, The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period, to present this rich and authoritative account of the Parthenon's presentation and reception throughout history. With weighty implications for the present life of the Parthenon, it is itself a monumental contribution to accounts of the Greek Revolution, to classical studies, and to intellectual history.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Who Saved the Parthenon? ebook for free in PDF format (57.8 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Why Another Book?
Chapter 2
The Place
Chapter 3
The People
Chapter 4
The Encounter
Chapter 5
Communities, Real and Imagined
Chapter 6
The Evidence
Chapter 7
The New Science and its Enemies
Chapter 8
Towards a Practical Theory of History
Chapter 9
Romanticism and its Rhetorics
Chapter 10
The Choices
Chapter 11
The Siege of 1826 and 1827
Chapter 12
The Surrender
Chapter 13
The Last Days of Ottoman Athens
Chapter 14
The Living
Chapter 15
The Dead
Chapter 16
'The World had need of them'
Chapter 17
The Secret
Chapter 18
The Bargain
Chapter 19
The Silence
Chapter 20
The Stories
Chapter 21
Which Pasts, which Futures?
Chapter 22
Still a Dark Heritage
Chapter 23
Whose Parthenon?
Chapter 24
The Parthenon in our Time
Chapter 25

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