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Democracy and Imperialism Discussion Forum 2013-4

Democracy and Imperialism Discussion Forum 2013-4 British Museum visit and Parthenon Sculpture discussion

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  1. This topic is for use by *all students both in the run-up and aftermath of our visit to the British Museum in Term 1.* *Post your comments and ideas on the sculptures, their history and their association with the ideas of democracy and imperialism*, and *use this topic in preparation for the student presentations* that will take place during the visit.
  2. *All students will be giving a presentation at the British Museum in groups of 2/3.* *Each group presentation should last 5 minutes, and should make use of the fact that we will be looking at the sculpture/ models of the parthenon/ its setting, as part of their presentations (ie be prepared to point out specific details and points of interest).* Funding and Construction process of the Parthenon: A. Boardman, W. Bone, T. Calf Building Design, Layout and Architecture: W Carruthers, D. Clarke, M. Clementson Wider Periclean Building Programme: S. Collier, L. Edwards, S. Edwards East Pedimental Sculpture: M. Ellams, L. Forsyth, S. Gallagher West Pedimental Sculpture: B. Glass, F. Goldsmith, J. Ingleby East Frieze: T. Jackson, M. Jaszczynski, L. Jonesco West Frieze: T. Kane, J. Lewis South Frieze: S. Lockston, J. Maddison North Frieze: H. Moorhouse, R. Murphy East Metopes: O. Norris, K. O'Brien West Metopes: I. Overy, R. Owen South Metopes: E. Pallot, T. Parker North Metopes: M. Patel, M. Pearce Reactions to the Parthenon in ancient Athens: P. Richards, C. Roberson, Viewing the Parthenon: C. Sammonds, T. Sinden Later history of the Parthenon: Claudia Stent, T. Sakhuja The display of the Parthenon sculptures in the British Museum: J. Thompson, C. Stoddart The Parthenon and religious worship in ancient Athens: B. Waters, R. Smith The Parthenon and Democracy: F. Townley, J. Wessels The Parthenon and Imperialism: V. Wilson-Theaker, E. Worbuoys. *BIBLIOGRAPHY:* Search 'Parthenon' in the Encore system and there will be plenty of reading material!
  3. Our group will be talking about the Wider Periclean Building Programme. We will briefly outline who Pericles is and the purpose and need for his building programme, what was built under his time of office, where it was built and by whom. We will then focus on two buildings in more depth, the Propylaea- a monumental gateway serving as the entrance to the Athenian acropolis, and the Erechtheion- a temple to Athena and Poseidon on the north side of the Athenian acropolis. We will point out the when, where, why and by whom of these buildings; and also look at their importance and later reception and legacy. Simon, Shani, Luke.
  4. Our group (Fliss, Ben and myself) will be doing the West Pediment. We'll be covering three areas: 1. Identifying the figures 2. What would it have meant to the Athenian viewer? Placing the West Pediment within a mythology 3. How the West Pediment fits in as part of the sculptural landscape of the Parthenon
  5. Melissa Pearce and I will be covering the North Metopes in our presentation and will discuss the following: 1. the myth represented 2. the context and setting of the myth 3. the relevance of the above to Athenian society
  6. Emily and I will be discussing the Parthenon and Imperialism, focussing mainly on the Athena Parthenos. We intend to discuss: 1. The materials on the statue, and what that meant 2. Iconography used in certain areas e.g. ther shield 3. The Parthenon's role as a treasury
  7. Daisy, Will and I will be presenting the Building design and layout of the Parthenon, introducing the dimensions, then looking at the specifics and stereotypes of the layout and unusual aspects of the design, such as the floor and columns.
  8. Our group will be covering the display of the Parthenon sculptures in the British Museum. We will be talking about : 1)The room itself 2)The physical display of the sculptures 3)A brief explanation of the debate concerning the museums holding of the sculptures.
  9. Julia and I are doing the Parthenon and Democracy. We'll look at the actual building in the context of democracy, for example within the Periclean building programme, and the cultural significance of it. And also at the actual features of the Parthenon and how they relate to the democratic, or otherwise, ideals of those building it, looking particularly at the "Panathenaic procession".
  10. Eytan (Robby) Smith, Bradley Waters The Parthenon and Religious Worship in Ancient Athens -The outdated view of minimal religious relivance of the Parthenon -New readings of primary sources- a cleansing journey and a giant Peplos -A Scholion by Aristides -The meanings and contemporary views of the Parthenon.
  11. Our group will talk about the East Freize. We will identify the figures and discuss the controversies and different theories of their interpretation.
  12. Our group will talk about the south frieze of the Parthenon, discussing the Panathenaic festival, identifying the various figures presented and the significance of their inclusion, as well as looking at the artistic style of the frieze.
  13. Matthew, Louise and I will discuss the East Pediment - the historical context before moving on to describe the aesthetic and visual aspects of the pedimental sculptures
  14. Poppy Richards and myself will be talking about reactions to the Parthenon in ancient Athens. We will look at the significance of the Parthenon as a whole, some of the things it might symbolise and why it might not have been as highly valued in ancient Athens as you might think.
  15. Poppy Richards and myself will be talking about reactions to the Parthenon in ancient Athens. We will look at the significance of the Parthenon as a whole, some of the things it might symbolise and why it might not have been as highly valued in ancient Athens as you might think.
  16. We'll be presenting on the west frieze, focusing particularly on the subject and period it depicts, as well as the debate over its preservation in regard to the cleaning of the stone sections housed in the Acropolis Museum.
  17. Tara and I will be presenting a short summary of the later history of the Parthenon. We will look at key dates in its lifetime, starting from late antiquity all the way up to the present day, with the continuing controversy of the Elgin Marbles.
  18. My team will be discussing the motives behind the construction of the Parthenon and where the funding came from. I will be dealing with the motives behind the construction of such a large temple and Alex and Tom will be looking at the funding which is the more challenging task.
  19. Rebecca and I will be looking at the west metopes and will consider the depiction of the eastern 'other' and the relationship of the sculptures to the Persian wars.
  20. Ruby and i will be doing our presentation on the North frieze, placing the frieze within the broader context of the Parthenon freizes and discussing the controversy surrounding the interpretations of the frieze.

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