Greek Architecture

Art History Textbook

Ancient Greek Architecture

Art History Textbook highlights the potential for teaching offered by new technologies for adapting visual narration procedures to an interactive discourse, with unpublished three-dimensional reconstructions, unique combinations of planimetry and elevations, and an extensive range of activities for immersion in reading the architectural language as formal vocabulary and for designing meaningful spaces.

Greek architecture has provided the vocabulary of the orders, syntactic and semantic criteria about nature and the value of architecture, and the idea of an ordered space as the setting for social functions, which the reader will discover in a surprising way in this new generation of History of Art books for the new media in the digital culture.

Project summary
  • Textbook designed for iPad
  • Extensive and complete (over 22,000 words)
  • Images and three-dimensional reconstructions of high quality.
  • Html5 interactive animations and widgets.
  • Interactive activities
  • Illustrated vocabulary of related terms
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Chapter 1.
Crete and Mycenae. Pre-Hellenic Architecture

The roots of the Greek civilization are in the Minoan and Mycenae cultures, established respectively on the island of Crete and continental Greece, from where their hegemony throughout the Aegean world was established.

1.1. The first European civilization
The island of Crete was the cradle of Minoan civilization, a prosperous and advanced society dedicated to intense commercial exchange between 2600 and 1200 BC. The name “Minoan” was given to the Crete civilization by architect J. Evans (1851-1941), who believed he would find the legend of the King Minos and the Minotaur in the labyrinth structure of the Knossos Palace.

  • Knossos Palace

1.2. The architecture of the Mycenaean power
The Mycenaean civilization evolved on the great continent during the last part of the Bronze Age and its origins came about with the arrival of the Indo-European populations to Continental Greece.

  • The Mycenaean city/Fortress
Atlas histórico de la Antigua Grecia
Chapter 2
Greece. Architecture as ordered space

2.1 The cradle of the West

The idea of Greece was to experiment with important variations over the course of the centuries from the Renaissance Era through to modern times. Over a long time an image of the ideal prevailed that does not entirely correspond to historical reality, which was much more complex and nuanced. Not even the name Greece is originally Greek, it was coined by the Romans and later adopted by the entire Western tradition. The Greeks themselves used a different term: Hellas, which better alluded to a cultural community of an abstract nature that did not constitute a unified state with its capital nor did it conform to a limited ethnic unit.

  • Historical Atlas. Html5 Interactive Widget
Mosaico de Alejandro

2.2. The Greek Temple

The classic architectonic language is the result of the limitations and possibilities of the architectonic orders in the formal elaboration of the Greek temple insert in the shrine.

  • Evolution of the temple. Html5 Interactive Widget
  • Parts of the temple. Html5 Interactive Widget

2.3. The Greek orders

The Classical orders are joint standards for articulating the repertoire of the structural, and also decorative, shapes of the temple, in a flexible system of equilibriums an correspondences –measures and proportions–, which purify the primitive trilithic scheme to give it an undeniable universal validity.

2.4. The Hellenic shrine

The space of the shrine is designed for the itinerant perception of the sacred values of the landscape.

  • Evolution of the shrine. Html5 Interactive Widget

2.5. Athens acropolis

Archaeological excavations confirm that the Acropolis, a hill that rises forty meters above the plain where the city is located, had been occupied since Pre-Hellenic times.

  • Acropolis. Html5 Interactive Widget
  • Acrópolis. Html5 Interactive Widget
  • Parthenon. Html5 Interactive Widget
  • Erechteion. Html5 Interactive Widget
Acrópolis de Atenas
Partenón de la Acrópolis de Atenas
Erecteión de la Acrópolis de Atenas

 2.6. Greek urban development

The poleis created a system of system cities whose unprecedented internal organization, monumentalizing, economic complexity and political articulation unfolded in and economic and cultural framework from the Magna Graecia to Ionia within a unified civilization.

  • Theatre
  • Town planning development
  • The Athenian agora. Html5 Interactive Widget
  • Miletus
  • Pergamon
Chapter 3
Didactic Guide

The classic language of architecture
The Classic architecture introduces students to reading architectural language as formal vocabulary and design of meaningful spaces, addressing the foundations of the Western tradition in the Greek tectonic language and Roman architectural revolution.

  • Activities
  • Multiple choice exercises
  • Free response exercises
  • Art review
  • Vocabulary

Illustrated vocabulary with more than 70 of related terms to the Architecture of Ancient Greece

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