The Antiquities of Athens (1762) included the first illustrations of the architectural achievements of ancient Greece. It published the findings of English architect, archaeologist, and painter James 'Athenian' Stuart (1713-88) and architect Nicholas Revett (1721-1804). The two men travelled together to Athens on 1751 on an expedition organised and funded by the Society of Dilettanti of London.
They made accurate measurements and drawings of the ancient Greek ruins there, particularly those of the Acropolis. Soon after these discoveries were published, the work became a source book on ancient Greek architecture. It acted as an important influence in the 'Greek revival' of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.