A Companion to Ancient Aesthetics (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

A Companion to Ancient Aesthetics (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

Language: English

Pages: 552

ISBN: 1444337645

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The first of its kind, A Companion to Ancient Aesthetics presents a synoptic view of the arts, which crosses traditional boundaries and explores the aesthetic experience of the ancients across a range of media—oral, aural, visual, and literary.

  • Investigates the many ways in which the arts were experienced and conceptualized in the ancient world
  • Explores the aesthetic experience of the ancients across a range of media, treating literary, oral, aural, and visual arts together in a single volume
  • Presents an integrated perspective on the major themes of ancient aesthetics which challenges traditional demarcations
  • Raises questions about the similarities and differences between ancient and modern ways of thinking about the place of art in society

Why Are Artists Poor?: The Exceptional Economy of the Arts

Œuvres complètes, tome 10 : L'Erotisme - Le procès de Gilles de Rais - Les larmes d'Eros

The Politics of Aesthetics

The Love of Art: European Art Museums and Their Public

Afterness: Figures of Following in Modern Thought and Aesthetics














Libanios tries to defend him. The notion of a civic urban patrimony of ornaments, conceived as a whole, is the core of his argumentation: I desire that the temples be restored to their beauty, and Yes I wouldn’t want this to take place at the expense of houses being destroyed, when it might happen and the houses remain standing as well, so that what is presently in existence may still stand and what is in ruins may be restored and so that we don’t in some respects adorn the cities while in other

Aristotle’s Poetics. London. Halliwell, S. 2002. The Aesthetics of Mimesis. Princeton. Halliwell, S. 2003. “La psychologie morale de la catharsis: un essai de reconstruction.” Les Etudes philosophique 67: 499–517. Heath, M. 2003. “Aristotle and the Pleasures of Tragedy.” In Making Sense of Aristotle’s Poetics, edited by Ø. Andersen and J. Haarberg, 7–24. London. Kennedy, G.A. 2007. Aristotle, On Rhetoric. A Theory of Civic Discourse. New York and Oxford. Konstan, D. 2006. The Emotions of the

further importance. Read from Aristotle’s perspective, Circe’s warning may be understood as a metaphor for the way singing, or epic poetry that is sung with a musical accompaniment, or perhaps even art taken more generally, can make you forget the importance of normal life and even be willing to do things not conducive to it, to the point of braving death, in order to prolong it. (Another similar example of this would be the myth of the Cicadas in Plato’s Phaedrus: after the Muses’ birth, Plato

and style: two female deities – the Peplos Kore and the Aphrodite of Cnidos – and two heroic male nudes – the Doryphoros and the Barberini faun – each of which is both particular and representative of its period and context. The Peplos Kore and the Aphrodite of Cnidos At 1.18 meters tall, the Peplos Kore (Acropolis Museum, Athens 679) is an under-life-size statue of a woman, belonging to the period 550 to 530 BC (Figure 6.1). Made of Parian marble, she is distinctive because of the unusually

whose speculations on the nature of artistic experience have profoundly shaped our culture. Whether the ancients had a conception of “the arts” or “art” which is in any way comparable to our own is a question of debate. But poetry, song, music and dance, painting, sculpture, and the visual arts were evaluated, judged, and discussed in Greece and Rome long before Alexander Baumgarten published his Aesthetica in 1750 and aesthetics emerged as a distinct philosophical discipline. The purpose of this

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