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Greek and Roman Aesthetics

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  • Date Published: November 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511922107

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  • This anthology of philosophical texts by Greek and Roman authors brings together works from the late fifth century BC to the sixth century AD that comment on major aesthetic issues such as the perception of beauty and harmony in music and the visual arts, structure and style in literature, and aesthetic judgement. It includes important texts by Plato and Aristotle on the status and the role of the arts in society and in education, and Longinus' reflections on the sublime in literature, in addition to less well-known writings by Philodemus, Cicero, Seneca, Plotinus, Augustine and Proclus. Most of the texts have been newly translated for this volume, and some are available in English for the first time. A detailed introduction traces the development of classical aesthetics from its roots in Platonism and Aristotelianism to its ultimate form in late Antiquity.

    • Puts together a unique range of material covering music, the visual arts and beauty
    • Promotes a better appreciation of the richness and diversity of classical aesthetics
    • Makes important texts by Philodemus, Philostratus and Aristides Quintilianus available to non-specialist readers
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    "....This book, or one much like it, can take the place of the reading lists that many instructors compile when teaching the history of aesthetics.... professor can now use Greek and Roman Aesthetics by itself, whether for graduate or upper-undergraduate courses.... Bychkov and Sheppard have produced an engaging, scholarly, wide ranging, and handsome book that I will be using in the classroom very soon, as no doubt many other instructors also will."
    --Nickolas Pappas, City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Philosophical Inquiry

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511922107
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Gorgias: Encomium of Helen
    Plato: Ion
    Hippias Major
    Xenophon: Memoirs of Socrates
    Aristotle: Poetics
    Philodemus: On Poems
    On Music
    Cicero: On Rhetorical Invention
    On the Ideal Orator
    On Moral Ends
    On the Nature of the Gods
    Tusculan Disputations
    On Duties
    Seneca: Letters to Lucilius
    On the Award and Reception of Favours
    Longinus: On Sublimity: Philostratus: Life of Apollonius of Tyana
    Philostratus the Younger: Pictures
    Aristides Quintilianus: On Music
    Plotinus: Enneads
    Augustine: On Order
    On Music
    On True Religion
    On Free Choice of the Will
    On the Trinity
    Proclus: Commentary on the Timaeus
    Commentary on the Republic
    Anonymous: Prolegomena to the Philosophy of Plato.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Aesthetics
    • Ancient Cultures
    • Greek Political Thought
    • History of Classical Art - the Mediterrean World
    • History of Literary Criticism
    • Literary Theory: History of Criticism
    • Philosophy of Art
    • What is Art For?
  • Editors and translators

    Oleg V. Bychkov, St Bonaventure University, New York
    Oleg V. Bychkov is Professor of Theology, Chair, Department of Theology, St Bonaventure University, New York. He is the co-translator and co-editor, with Allan Bernard Wolter, of John Duns Scotus: The Examined Report of the Paris Lecture (Reportatio I-A), Vol. 1 and 2 (2004 for Vol. 1, 2008 for Vol. 2), and the co-editor, with James Fodor, of Theological Aesthetics After Von Balthasar (2008).

    Anne Sheppard, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Anne Sheppard is Reader in Ancient Philosophy and Head of Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of Studies of the 5th and 6th Essays of Proclus' Commentary on the Republic (1980) and of Aesthetics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art (1987).

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