By Margaret M. Miles
A better half to Greek Architecture offers an expansive assessment of the subject, together with layout, engineering, and building in addition to conception, reception, and lasting influence.
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Perspectives on rural topography, ecology, and livelihoods are fairly limited and widely scattered in Greek literature. Such subjects probably interested less literate elements of the population more than the elite authors of the day, if they were not simply taken for granted. Poetry contains occasional reflections, from evocations of landscapes to more subjective assessments of beauty (the latter being more common in Roman times). Often cited is Archilochos’ criticism of Thasos as standing like the back of an ass, covered with wild woods (Frg.
A Companion to Greek Architecture by Margaret M. Miles