October 14, 2004

SST1 Historiography

Writing about web page http://www.stoa.org/athens/

"The Ancient City of Athens is a photographic archive of the archaeological and architectural remains of ancient Athens"

This website offers a limited albeit interesting insight into the archtecture of Athens (and a tantalising glimpse of Attica too)

The archetecture is obviously breathtaking and inspiring, and helps to bring to life (in a decaying sort of way) the history of this great city. I found the extensive photography quite imaginative also. There are certainly alot of photos on this site if you hunt them out.

Apart from browsing through the image catalogue the monuments are also explained through short essays about the history and state of the monuments, which i thought was a good, brief introduction to each landmark.
For those who wish to carry out more thorough research (which i imagine will be necessary later in the course) there is also an option to view Essays on these monuments (although in reality there are only three, accompanied by the perpetually frustrating More To Come label)
The essays are not enormously long but are effective resource material as they are nicely layed out in bullet points and charts.They cover subjects like the Topography and the History of Greece, as well as background info on the tribal nature of Ancient Greece, which all seems very very relevant to our course.

Each monument also has an attached list of websites and books that relate to it. This is a very useful way of finding information quickly and effectively

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