Aesthetic Experiences and Classical Antiquity

Aesthetic Experiences and Classical Antiquity The Significance of Form in Narratives and Pictures

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Synopsis

In this bold book, Jonas Grethlein proposes a new dialogue between the fields of Classics and aesthetics. Ancient material, he argues, has the capacity to challenge and re-orientate current debates. Comparisons with modern art and literature help to balance the historicism of classical scholarship with transcultural theoretical critique. Grethlein discusses ancient narratives and pictures in order to explore the nature of aesthetic experience. While our responses to both narratives and pictures are vicarious, the 'as-if' on which they are premised is specifically shaped by the form of the representation. Form emerges as a key to how narratives and pictures constitute an important means of engaging with experience. Combining theoretical reflections with close readings, this book will appeal to art historians as well as to textual scholars.

Book information

ISBN: 9781316642573
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 111.85
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 315
Weight: 548g
Height: 168mm
Width: 244mm
Spine width: 22mm