"Greek Architecture" by A. W. Lawrence

Greek Architecture Fifth Edition A. W. Lawrence

The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art Series
Publication date:
28 Aug 1996
Yale University Press
264 pages: 286 x 216mm


This splendid book discusses the development of Greek architecture in the Aegean and other Greek lands from its earliest beginnings around 3000 until the first century B.C. The eminent scholar A.W. Lawrence considers the evolution of the magnificent temples of the Hellenic age, focusing in particular on their function, geometry, and proportions. He also discusses Greek domestic architecture, town planning, theaters, and fortifications, providing details on the materials and methods with which all these buildings were constructed.

Now reissued with revisions by R.A. Tomlinson and with a stunning array of color illustrations, many photographed specially for this edition, this classic text will continue to enthrall and inform.

A.W. Lawrence was professor of classical archaeology at Cambridge University and the first professor of archaeology at the University of Ghana, where he established a national museum. He wrote widely on the subject of Greek architecture and sculpture as well as on fortifications in west Africa. R.A. Tomlinson was professor in the department of ancient history and archaeology at the University of Birmingham. He is now director of the British School at Athens.

"Leafing through this fifth edition, one finds many additions and revisions seamlessly inserted into the original text, and virtually every page is illustrated, allowing immediate access to relevant, attractive images of what one is reading about. The overall effect is unequivocally to enhance understanding without pain."?Ian Campbell, Burlington Magazine

"A sound and comprehensive treatment of the subject in all its aspects."?R.E. Wycherley, Journal of Hellenic Studies

"A most valuable book. . . . The collation and presentation of material covering some three millennia is a considerable achievement. The text, . . . well illustrated with businesslike plans and diagrams, is mostly factual in approach, but Lawrence has allowed himself space for an admirable concluding essay on the broader aesthetic aspects of Greek architecture."?S.D.T. Spittle, The Antiquaries Journal

"[The book] has . . . obvious merits. . . . It devotes space to the origins and early history of Greek architecture [and] it gives a fresh and subtly reasoned account of the evolution of the Greek temple and the developments of the Doric style."?Roger Hinks, The Architectural Review