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- DescriptionThe Peirene Fountain as described by its first excavator, Rufus B. Richardson, is the most famous fountain of Greece. Here is a retrospective of a wellspring of Western civilization, distinguished by its long history, service to a great ancient city, and early identification as the site where Pegasus landed and was tamed by the hero Bellerophon. Spanning three millennia and touching a fourth, Peirene developed from a nameless spring to a rewned source of inspiration, from a busy landmark in Classical Corinth to a quiet churchyard and cemetery in the Byzantine era, and finally from free-flowing Ottoman fountains back to the streams of the source within a living ruin. These histories of Peirene as a spring and as a fountain, and of its watery imagery, form a rich cultural narrative whose interrelations and meanings are best appreciated when studied together. The author deftly describes the evolution of the Fountain of Peirene framed against the underlying landscape and its ancient, medieval, and modern settlement, viewed from the perspective of Corinthian culture and spheres of interaction. Published with the assistance of the Getty Foundation. Winner of the 2011 Prose Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in the category of Archaeology/Anthropology. The Prose Awards are given annually by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the American Association of Publishers.
- Author BiographyBetsey A. Robinson is Associate Professor of History of Art at Vanderbilt University.
- Author(s)Betsey A. Robinson
- PublisherAmerican School of Classical Studies at Athens
- Date of Publication15/05/2011
- Place of PublicationPrinceton
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAmerican School of Classical Studies at Athens
- Content Note218 col and bw photos and ills, 18 col pls, 4 plans, 1 foldout
- Weight2200 g
- Width249 mm
- Height295 mm
- Spine30 mm
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