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Tuesday 22 October: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Jesus College, Webb Library, West Court Jesus Lane , CB5 8BJ

Despite its present-day abuse as a universal symbol of democracy or local symbol of nationhood, the Athens Parthenon has enjoyed a conspicuously diverse history, more so perhaps than any other building in the world. The scrubbed white columns we immediately recognize tell little of the temple’s varied afterlife as first an Orthodox and then a Catholic cathedral, next a mosque, and finally an archaeological monument.

Since the nineteenth century, this complex history has sparked divisive debate: should the remnants of each phase be preserved, or erased in order to expose and privilege the Parthenon’s original, Periclean form? Needless to say, the monument’s nearly four centuries of Islamic use have evoked little interest. At a time when the whole Acropolis complex is acquiring a new skin and even shape, Dr Elizabeth Key Fowden of Classics and Jesus College will discuss why might the Muslim strand in the Parthenon’s history and identity be retrieved and meaningfully incorporated in the interpretation of the building for its millions of visitors?

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