Shaping Ceremony: Monumental Steps And Greek Architecture

Hardcover | January 19, 2015

byMary B. Hollinshead

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Offering a fresh approach to ancient Greek architecture, Shaping Ceremony focuses on the overlooked subject of monumental steps. Written in a clear and readable style, the book presents three complementary ways of studying steps: examining how the human body works on steps; theoretical perspectives on the relationship between architecture and human behavior; and the socio-political effects of steps' presence. Although broad steps are usually associated with emperors and political dominance, Mary B. Hollinshead argues that earlier, in Greek sanctuaries, they expressed and reinforced communal authority. From this alternate perspective, she expands the traditional intellectual framework for studying Greek architecture.
            The heart of the study is a close reading of thirty-eight sites with monumental steps from the sixth through second centuries B.C. Organized by century, the book tracks the development of built pathways and grandstands for crowds of worshippers as evidence of the Greeks' increasing awareness of the power of architecture to shape behavior and concentrate social energy. With photographs and illustrations of plans, Shaping Ceremony offers a clear account of how Greeks' adaptation of terrain for human use promoted social cohesion and integrated architectural compositions.

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Offering a fresh approach to ancient Greek architecture, Shaping Ceremony focuses on the overlooked subject of monumental steps. Written in a clear and readable style, the book presents three complementary ways of studying steps: examining how the human body works on steps; theoretical perspectives on the relationship between architect...

Mary B. Hollinshead is a professor of art history at the University of Rhode Island. She has excavated at sites in Italy, Cyprus, and Greece.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.7 inPublished:January 19, 2015Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299301109

ISBN - 13:9780299301101

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                 
Preface                                   
 
Introduction                
 
Part I Studying Steps
1 Biomechanics                                   
2 Theoretical Observations                 
3 Social and Political Effects               
 
Part II Evidence of Steps over Time
4 Early Steps
            Dreros, Perachora, Eleusis, Lindos, Athens (ramp), Corinth (ramp), Aegina (ramp), Selinus (Temple M)                  
5 Steps in the Fifth Century
            Selinus, Alipheira, Oropos, Latmos, Argive Heraion, Athens: Acropolis (Propylaea, Parthenon, Erechtheion), Agora            
6 Steps in the Fourth Century
            Perachora, Lato, Olympia, Mount Lykaion, Lykosoura, Labraunda, Amyzon, Halikarnassos              
7 Steps in the Third Century
            Rhodes city, Lindos, Kameiros, Athens (Kolonos Agoraios), Amphipolis, Morgantina, Argos (Aspis), Thasos, Pergamon (sanctuary of Demeter), Corinth (sanctuary of Demeter and Kore)                    
8 Steps in the Second Century
            Kos, Knidos, Pisidia: Adada, Kapikaya, Sagalassos                
 
Conclusion                  
 
Appendix: Hellenistic Italy
            Sulmo, Gabii, Pietrabbondante, Praeneste, Tivoli                   
Catalogue of Sites                    
Plates                          
Notes                          
Bibliography                           
Index

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“Stimulates fresh appreciation of the scope and vision characteristic of ancient Greek architects and how their architecture enhanced rituals and ceremonies.”—American Journal of Architecture