Public spaces of protest in ancient cities, whether deliberately crafted or organically formed, can prove elusive, but the existence, appearance, and function of such spaces should not be ignored because of their relative invisibility. In Contested Space at the Entrance of the Athenian Acropolis, Jessica Paga looks to ancient Athens to demonstrate how such spaces were built and used, as well as their potential role in propagating the success of the world's first democracy. Concentrating on the archaeological record and the historical context surrounding the use and transformation of public spaces in Athens, Paga posits the entrance area to the Athenian Acropolis as a consciously elaborated site of dissent and unity for the burgeoning democratic polis in the late sixth and early fifth centuries BCE.
Contested Space at the Entrance of the Athenian Acropolis
Jessica Paga is a Greek archaeologist and architectural historian with a particular interest in the intersection of the built environment and politics. She has published several articles on Athenian architecture and is currently preparing a manuscript on Late Archaic building activity in Athens and the start of democracy. email@example.com
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Jessica Paga; Contested Space at the Entrance of the Athenian Acropolis. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 June 2017; 76 (2): 154–174. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2017.76.2.154
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