Project #73965 - Object Analysis

The main purpose of this analysis is for your to demonstrate your ability to examine ancient evidence, describe the context in which it was created, explain its significance for our understanding of Classical civilizations, and show what precautions must be taken when working with this kind of ancient source to learn about the past.

 

Part 1: Introduce passage/object, and state your thesis, which may take a variety of forms. (For example, your thesis may "argue" for an explanation: "This rubber duck contributes to our understanding of 21st century civilization in the following ways X, Y, Z, but it is not useful for studying aspect Q of this society.")

 

Part 2: The meat of your analysis: the main points of your argument. Each of you will focus on different issues, but you should be sure to discuss the historical contexts of the object/text and of the creator/author (which are not always the same!), its genre/material, and any benefits/problems in using this particular text/object for information about the past. You may also find it helpful think about its audience, how/why it was preserved, and how it compares to other important texts/objects from this period that we have discussed in class.

 

 

Part 3: Conclude by summing up your arguments and connecting them back to the thesis. You may also want to use your thesis as a springboard for further questions, as an invitation to further research on the subject – does this analysis leave any questions unanswered due to limitation of evidence, or could your thesis form part of a broader research project? (You do not have to answer these questions, of course; they only serve to underline the significance of your analysis and show how your passage/object fits into a bigger picture.)

Part 4: Bibliography: Make sure to cite your passage/object, and any secondary sources that you may have used (although these are not required). Information that you have learned from lectures in class does not need to be cited. You may use any citation style, so long as you are consistent, but if you are uncertain, I recommend Chicago Style. If citing works in the body of your paper (in text or in footnotes), please use a style that includes page numbers. For information on how to cite an image, see this link: <https://sites.google.com/a/colgate.edu/colgatevr/citing-images/citing-images-chicago>.

 

 

Your analysis should be 2,000 words in length, typed in 12-point Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins, due June 15 at 11:59 pm in Word format on Blackboard and Turnitin.com. Late submissions not accepted without being excused, as per the policy in the syllabus. The analysis is worth 30% of your  final mark.

 

 

Already started and wrote about 600 words. The Thesis has to be what is written already. The bold is what i have started. Need it to be about 1500 words so about 900 words more.

Thesis

 

The Parthenon, the largest Doric Greek temple was built around 450 BC. This magnificent temple measuring 30.88m by 69.5m was started and finished within just 8-9 years. The temple was built to pay tribute to the Goddess of Athena, the patron to their city with the money contributed by other Greek states for the protection by Athens. The temple was spearheaded by Pericles and was designed by Iktinos, Kallikratis and Pheidias. The Parthenon, as a symbol of their most extravagant construction, provides few crucial facts about the Athenian society at that time.   The temple shows the immense wealth, their devotion to their gods, their architecture, advanced technology, their political system. However, there is a limit to how much a symbol, the image they wanted to portray can provide insight in to the actual society at that time.

The construction of the Parthenon was largely paid for by the other city states within the Athenian empire. To understand the significance of this, the understanding of the structure of Athenian empire is important. Athenian empire was not an empire in the context we use today. The Athenian empire was not the lands conquered by Athens, but a league that formed for the defense against the Persians. In which, the city states paid a tribute to Athens for the protection from the Persians. However, even when the war against Persia ended, the tributes were still paid, and the treasury was moved to Athens. These tributes paid for a war that has already ended was factor that made Athens immensely rich and powerful. When the war ended but tributes were continuing, it signaled the creation of Athenian empire. The burgeoning treasury from the tributes was the funds used for the creation of the Parthenon. An accurate cost of the Parthenon is hard to pinpoint but it is believed it costed 469 silver talents. To put into context, 1 silver talent was enough to have built a trireme, the most advanced warship at the time. Also according to Kagan, Athens had a gross income of 1000 talents and had 6000 talents in their treasury.  With a population of only 160 000 citizens, the amount of wealth the nation held allowed Athens to spend the treasury into building the Parthenon.

 

The architecture of the Parthenon shows a glimpse into the ideal architectural aesthetic appeal of the society. The use of finished stones in construction of temples started roughly around 650 BC. Renewed contact with the Egyptians allowed the Greeks to acquire the knowledge from the Egyptians on the use of stones in building of the temples especially in the building of Imhotep. The proportions and style of the Parthenon was dictated by the aesthetics and appearance. The columns were not made straight, as distance creates an illusion of curves of straight columns. To compensate this illusion, the temple was built with curved columns in a way that viewing the temple from a distance, the columns would look straight. This was crucial as the temples were not meant be entered, but viewed from a distance. The focus on appearance and aesthetics shows that they believed themselves to be cultured, and above the barbarians. The amount of focus into the details, the color and the golden statue portrays a society, that considers appearances important as part of their culture.

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