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A journey through times and cultures? Ancient Greek forms in American nineteenth-century architecture: an archaeological view

Schneider, Lambert (2008) A journey through times and cultures? Ancient Greek forms in American nineteenth-century architecture: an archaeological view. Working papers on the nature of evidence: how well do 'facts' travel?, 28/08. Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The presence of classical architectural features in modern Western architecture shows that knowledge from ancient times was travelling through both space and time. Yet despite surface similarities, the architecture of revival was very different to that of antiquity. The classicistic architecture of nineteenth-century America provides a clear case. In contrast to the Roman influences that affected the founding fathers, nineteenth century American architecture borrowed instead from the Greeks. Informed less by archaeology and more by ideology, the American Greek revival saw the architectural forms divested of original meanings and invested with the ideals of postrevolutionary America. Looking at the vectors by which the revival reached American shores shows a double distortion affecting the transmission of the signal from Ancient Greece, such that what survives the great distances and times that separate the two societies is in the end a very different set of facts.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/economicHistory/
Additional Information: © 2008 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DF Greece
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
E History America > E11 America (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > How Well Do 'Facts' Travel?
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Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 28/08
Funders: http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/, Economic and Social Research Council
Projects: Large-Scale Technological Change
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2009 15:49
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22507/

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