Sponsored by: AIA-Washington, D.C. Society and National AIA Helene J. Kantor Memorial Lectureship
2023 Richard Hubbard Howland Lecture, Washington, DC Society; by Professor Jenifer Neils, Professor Emerita, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis is perhaps the most readily recognizable building in the world, and during the past two millennia our understanding of it and its sculptural decoration has continued to evolve. This lecture will examine some of these changing interpretations and how they are – or are not – related to the cultural, social and political context of 5th-century BCE Athens. Primarily a lavish marble temple dedicated to the patron goddess of Athens, the Parthenon is also a civic monument celebrating the democratic state’s victories in war, the valor of its heroes, the beauty of its citizenry, and even the status of its women.