Landscape and participation

Authored by: Maggie Roe

The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138720312
eBook ISBN: 9781315195063
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315195063-32

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Abstract

The ancient Greek landscape of Athens provides some clues as to the concept of interaction between landscape and people which is of key importance in relation to the focus of this chapter. The Pnyx (the assembly) is often identified as the inspiration for democratic government around the world. The Acropolis, on the higher ground, was regarded as a sacred site long before the ancient Greek temple that still adorns it was built; it has provided a focus for spirituality in the community, and is still the main focus of attention in the landscape drawing thousands of visitors every year. Looking out from the Acropolis to the Pnyx, one can’t help being struck by the landscape relationship between these two important aspects of ancient Greek life (see Figure 32.1).

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