HYDE LECTURE TALK: Margie Miles, UC Irvine "Conserving the Parthenon: Temple, Church, Mosque, Ruin, Photo Op?"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

402 Cohen Hall, Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19104

Teams of architects, conservators and stonemasons have been dismantling and reconstructing the Parthenon since the 1980s. The work is very careful, and has led to some exciting new discoveries about the original temple. Many historical and ethical issues also arise from such efforts:  to what period should the temple be restored, and how much of it should be restored?  Original construction began in the 450s BCE, but there have been several “Parthenons” since then, serving different purposes. For what audience and purpose should the new interventions be directed?  How much of it should be rebuilt in new marble?

~Sponsored by Classical Studies and The Center for Ancient Studies