BBC Civilisations Festival
The Parthenon: the first monument to civilisation?

Thursday 8 March 2018,
BP Lecture Theatre
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Writer, lecturer and dramatist David Stuttard explores how the Parthenon represents Periclean Athens’ definition of itself as the embodiment of civilisation.

Athens under the statesman Pericles (c. 461–429 BC) set itself up in contrast to the 'barbarian other'. This has cast a long shadow not only on how classical Athens is viewed, but also on what is considered to be 'civilisation'. David Stuttard argues that the Parthenon is the first time this idea is manifested in art.

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