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Photograph album of Greek antiquities in Athens, 1870-1879
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Photograph album of Greek antiquities in Athens
    Date (inclusive): 1870-1879
    Collection number: 94/117
    Physical Description: 1 album (26 photographic prints) : albumen, 41 x 33 cm (album)

    Photographs (approx. 22 x 26 cm) bear stock numbers in negative in lower right corner, and are mounted on leaves of heavy white board, with ms. captions in French below.

    Bound in full maroon morocco, with gilt-ruled borders; gilt spine panels; gold-stamped title "Athens" on upper cover and spine; all edges gilt; white textured endpapers. Label in lower right corner of front pastedown of John Dale & Co., Printers, Booksellers, & Stationers, Bradford," possibly vendor of the album.

    Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell box, with spine label "Athens."
    Abstract: Modern album containing 26 black-and-white photographs of sites of Greek antiquities in Athens, Greece, taken by an unidentified photographer probably sometime during the 1870s.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Photograph album of Greek antiquities in Athens (Collection 94/117). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233582 

    Scope and Content

    The album opens with a panoramic view of Athens, and east and west views of the Acropolis. Most of the photos portray well-known classical ruins, such as the Parthenon, Portico of the Cariatides, Temple of Erechtheion, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the Doric hexastyles of the Propylaea. Also included are views of Theater of Bacchus (Dionysius) or Lenaeum, Hadrian's Gate, Temple of Jupiter (Olympieion), Temple of Theseus, and the choragic monument of Lysicrates, erected near the Acropolis by choregos Lysicrates, patron of musical performances in the Theater of Dionysius. The Doric west gate to the Roman Market in Athens, and the Gymnasium of Hadrian document the presence of the Romans in Athens. A set of caves on the Philopappou Hill purports to have been the Prison of Socrates, where the philosopher was supposedly imprisoned, and made to drink hemlock. The album concludes with photos of the Areopagus or Mars Hill, two Byzantine churches, one identified as St. Theodor, the Monument of Philopappos, site of the tomb of Caius Julius Antiochos Philopappos, a member of the royal family of Commagene, a Greek kingdom in southeast Turkey, and the Tower of the Winds (Horologion of Andronikos) in the Roman agora near the Acropolis.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Parthenon (Athens, Greece) --Photographs.
    Propylaea (Acropolis, Athens, Greece) --Photographs.
    Olympieion (Athens, Greece) --Photographs.
    Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Athens, Greece) --Photographs.
    Erechtheum (Athens, Greece) --Photographs.
    Tower of the Winds (Athens, Greece) --Photographs.
    Monument of Philopappus (Athens, Greece) --Photographs.
    Arch of Hadrian (Athens, Greece) --Photographs.
    Temples --Greece --Athens --Photographs.
    Church buildings --Greece --Athens --Photographs.
    Triumphal arches --Greece --Athens --Photographs.
    Theaters --Greece --Athens --Photographs.
    Caves --Greece --Athens --Photographs.
    Athens (Greece) --Antiquities --Photographs.
    Athens (Greece) --Photographs.
    Acropolis (Athens, Greece) --Photographs.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints.
    Photograph albums.
    Albumen prints.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    John Dale & Co. (Bradford, England)

    Related Material

    Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94)   in UCLA Library Special Collections.