Living Ruins, Value Conflicts Argyro Loukaki

ISBN: 9780754672289

Published: February 19th 2008


359 pages


Living Ruins, Value Conflicts  by  Argyro Loukaki

Living Ruins, Value Conflicts by Argyro Loukaki
February 19th 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 359 pages | ISBN: 9780754672289 | 7.40 Mb

Using the classical Greek legacy of monuments and ruins by way of illustration, this book examines the symbolic, ideological, geographical and aesthetic importance of Greek classical iconography for the Western world. It describes the historic process of monument restoration and enhancement as an expression of complexity and analyses the changing perceptions and aesthetic visions over the past two centuries.The book examines how classical Greek monuments are simultaneously perceived as sublime national symbols and as a mythological and archetypal reference against which modern Western modernism is measured, investigating the dialogue this double identity leads to, as well as frequent clashes, between ancient monuments and their modern urban or regional environment.Constant themes running through the book are the ways in which archaeology and monumentality affect modern life, the modern aesthetic, our notions of nationhood, of place, of self and the limits and possibilities for national development imposed by the need to ensure ruins are kept alive.

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