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“Exciting and revelatory. . . . That rare thing: the exposition of a truly great idea, and a reminder of what a thrilling subject the past, that foreign country, can be.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Joan Connelly’s brilliant study of the Parthenon shows how a myth can reveal as many secrets as a rock or a ruin, and how rethinking what we know about antiquity can help us better understand ourselves today.” —George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga
“A detailed portrait.” —The Washington Post
“One of the most original theses of modern classical scholarship.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Learned, ambitious…up to date with the excellent theoretical work of recent decades. It is time to change the textbooks and the museum labels.” —Times Literary Supplement.
“Original, insightful and convincing. . . . A very important book: thoroughly researched and written for the intelligent reader. . . . [Connelly] breaks new ground.” —Huffington Post
“Connelly’s groundbreaking work will forever change our conception of the most important building in the history of Western civilization. By cracking the hidden code of the Parthenon, she reveals the classical world in a radical new light that will reorient how we all view its legacy for the twenty-first century.” —Tom Reiss, author of The Black Count, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
“General readers with an interest in Greek history and architecture will find The Parthenon Enigma fascinating. . . . [It reads like a] supremely intelligent riff on a Dan Brown novel.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A careful, learned account and a good read.” —The New York Review of Books
“Gracefully written, informative. . . . Engaging and intensely interesting. . . . Thoughtful, stimulating, and unquestionably valuable.” —J.J. Pollitt, The New Criterion
“Connelly’s interpretation [offers an] even positive message, one that speaks to the influence of the Parthenon in the fields of architecture, government and the very nature of civilized society.” —New York Post
“Learned and elegant . . . a powerful case for a new understanding of the Parthenon, its original meaning as a religious object, and for the fullest possible restoration of its many parts still scattered far and wide.” —Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Classics and History, Yale University, and author of The Peloponnesian War
“Masterly. . . . Connelly’s depth of knowledge and scholastic effort shine through brilliantly.” —Library Journal (starred)
“Luminous . . . courageously and intelligently starting from scratch, Joan Connelly reconstructs the meaning of the Parthenon. . . . The unfamiliar picture that emerges gives us all a sharper vision of what this timeless monument can still mean to our own troubled world.” —Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University
“Gripping.” —Metropolis Magazine
“Edifying. . . . A book for all who seek direction and are capable of seeing the bigger picture.” —Kirkus
“Persuasive. . . . This detailed, smart, and tantalizing study offers much to savor.” —Publishers Weekly
“Connelly’s book is one for the twenty-first century, full of new finds and fresh insights.” —Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History and Classics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Although it is an academic book, it is very well written and easy to read.
Joan Breton Connelly has written a wonderful scholarly work, which uses original sources to persuasively reinterpret the world's most studied building.
A breakthrough book by one of the finest authors working today in the archeology field.
We've been reading this book and its reviews in class. In fact, lots of classicists, archaeologists, and historians support Connelly's ideas: Nigel Spivey, Jerome Pollitt, Brunilde... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michaela A.
It is amazing to me that so many reviewers have accepted the provocative thesis of this book and given it high praise. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Leucippe
A provocative thesis. Not provable but certainly plausible and it answers some questions about the Parthenon frieze that were begging. Although Ms. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul McGeary
Very scholarly - but there are disagreements with her conclusions - people need to read the extensive commentary about her thesis.Published 1 month ago by susan k. johnson
The Narrative machine is in hyper drive! If you want to believe the greeks (as ancestors of traditional european culture) were egocentric, superstitious, and fearful of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by propercharlie
I had the pleasure of finishing this excellent book in Athens this summer, visiting the Acropolis Museum & the Parthenon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brenda Bryant