By Christine M. Kreyling, Wesley Paine, Charles W. Warterfield, Susan Ford Wiltshire
At the social gathering of Tennessee's Bicentennial, 4 uncommon authors supply new insights and a broader appreciation of the classical affects that experience formed the architectural, cultural, and academic background of its capital urban. Nashville has been many stuff: frontier city, Civil conflict battleground, New South mecca, and track urban, U.S.A. it truly is headquarters for numerous non secular denominations, and in addition the house of a few of the biggest assurance, healthcare, and publishing matters within the state. positioned culturally in addition to geographically among North and South, East and West, Nashville is headquartered in an internet of often-competing contradictions. One binding photograph of civic identification, even if, has been constant via all of Nashville's heritage: the classical Greek and Roman beliefs of schooling, paintings, and neighborhood participation that early on ended in the city's sobriquet, "Athens of the West," and finally, with the settling of the territory past the Mississippi River, the "Athens of the South." Illustrated with approximately 100 archival and modern images, Classical Nashville exhibits how Nashville earned that appellation via its adoption of classical metaphors in numerous components: its academic and literary historical past, from the 1st academies throughout the institution of the Fugitive flow at Vanderbilt; the classicism of the city's public structure, together with its Capitol and legislative structures; the evolution of neoclassicism in houses and personal structures; and the background and present nation of the Parthenon, the last word image of classical Nashville, replete with the awe-inspiring 42-foot statue of Athena via sculptor Alan LeQuire.Perhaps Nashville writer John Egerton top captures the essence of this contemporary urban with its reliable roots long ago. He areas Nashville "somewhere among the 'Athens of the West' and 'Music urban, U.S.A.,' among the dirt of a railroad city and the glitz of Opryland, among Robert Penn Warren and Robert Altman." Nashville's classical identifications have continually been forward-looking, instead of antiquarian: bold, democratic, entrepreneurial, and culturally significant. Classical Nashville celebrates the continuation of classical beliefs in present-day Nashville, beliefs that serve no longer as monuments to a misplaced earlier, yet as assets of strength, creativity, and mind's eye for the way forward for a urban.
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Doak, like Thomas Craig-head, was both fervently religious and well educated. Doak received a classical education from what would later become Washington and Lee University, followed by two years at Princeton. In Tennessee, in addition to building the first Presbyterian churches, he also helped found a number of educational institutions, including Martin Academy (1783), the first educational institution between the Alleghenies and the Mississippi River. 21 Doak's Tusculum Academy, after merger with Greeneville College in the early 1800s, became Tusculum College.
Nashville was also notably forward looking in providing for the education of females. The Nashville Female Academy was opened in 1816. At the beginning of the Civil War it was the largest school for women in the United States and was one of the first institutions of its kind in the country. In 1860, with a faculty of thirty-eight and an enrollment of 513 pupils, about half of them boarders, the Academy graduated sixty-one students. The school occupied a square of approximately five acres on Church Street, with extensive grounds and several handsome two-story brick buildings.
P. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8265-1277-1 (alk. paper) 1. )Civilization. 2. United States CivilizationClassical influences. I. Kreyling, Christine, 1949-. F444. 8'55dc20CIP Manufactured in the United States of America Page v Contents Acknowledgments vii Prelude ix Introduction Nashville as Athens xi Chapter I Learning, Religion, and Literature: The Classical Connections 1 Chapter II Symbols of a City: Public Architecture in Classical Styles 32 Chapter III Where We Live: The Classical Style at Home 81 Chapter IV Athena's New Dwelling: The Nashville Parthenon and the Nashville Athena with an essay by Alan LeQuire, sculptor of the Nashville Athena 124 Conclusion Classical Continuities 145 Notes 163 Bibliography 171 About the Authors 177 Index 179 Page vii Acknowledgments As the identity of a city evolves out of the vision and work of many people, so did this book.
Classical Nashville: Athens of the South by Christine M. Kreyling, Wesley Paine, Charles W. Warterfield, Susan Ford Wiltshire