Hellenistic Architecture: An Introductory Study

Hellenistic Architecture: An Introductory Study

Hellenistic Architecture: An Introductory Study

Hellenistic Architecture: An Introductory Study

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The amount of written material which is available on the various aspects of Greek and Hellenistic architecture is already so great that the production of a new work might be regarded as superfluous; but Hellenistic architecture has not, so far, formed the subject of a separate treatise. I have been forced to realise the need of such a work from the bewilderment of younger students about the actual meaning of the term "Hellenistic". It seemed a favourable opportunity to produce this book when the interest which I had taken in the study of classical architecture, extending over many years, was stimulated considerably by an extensive tour in the Eastern Mediterranean during the first half of 1934, in the course of which I visited most of the sites and buildings now described. A series of lectures delivered at Cambridge, early in 1935, enabled me to arrange the material in the order required.

As its title indicates, the book does not pretend to be more than a brief introduction to a subject which could be presented much more thoroughly. From the great range of available material it seemed advisable to make a selection suitable for presentation in a short volume. It might be considered that, for an introductory study, certain portions are too technical. A great deal, if not all, of Chapters IV, V and VI could indeed be omitted altogether by the general . . .

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