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Thursday, 30 January 2014

BOOKS: The Parthenon by Mary Beard

A temple, an Orthodox church [for as long as it had been a temple], a mosque until the explosion of 1687 - bombed by Venetian forces, part of a Holy league against the Ottoman Empire.

A book of fascinating facts; it shows a plan for the Parthenon which was to become a royal palace for King Otto, the Bavarian who became the first King of Greece - the architect my beloved Schinkel [see my blogs posts of May 1, 2012 & May 25, 2013].

Mary Beard is very good on the Elgin Marbles controversy and never dull.

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