Anything about the Parthenon I'll buy. Especially a recent analysis that proposes a radical new rethinking of what the celebrated frieze that capped its walls represents. It's not the contemporary Panathenaic event that historians has assumed in recent decades, but instead a graphic representation of an ancient Athenian princess' sacrifice to save the city, the author claims, using recently analyzed fragments from a partially recovered play that tells this story – one we did not know until recently.
The princess Pandora's (not the box one – a different one) willingness to sacrifice her life for the benefit of the city was an illustration of the Athenians' commitment to their city that was apparently chosen as the story that the builders of the Parthenon chose to commemorate in their building. It also explains and aligns the major structures on the Acropolis with what they commemorate – the Erechtheion commemorating the tomb of the ancient king Erechtheus, which was associated with Poseidon, and the Parthenon (which means house of the maiden, which didn't make a lot of sense previously) which Connelly posits is actually commemorating the tomb of the king's daughter (actually her two older sisters that sacrificed their lives as well) and which was then similarly associated with a god, in this case Athena. It explains some characteristics of the existing building which logically commemorate a prior shrine beneath it.
Really interesting book – made me want to go back and study the caves on the hillside to get a better feel for what she's talking about.