Aesthetic Value in Classical Antiquity

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Ineke Sluiter, Ralph M. Rosen
BRILL, Sep 6, 2012 - Philosophy - 486 pages
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How do people respond to and evaluate their sensory experiences of the natural and man-made world? What does it mean to speak of the value of aesthetic phenomena? And in evaluating human arts and artifacts, what are the criteria for success or failure? The sixth in a series exploring ancient values, this book investigates from a variety of perspectives aesthetic value in classical antiquity. The essays explore not only the evaluative concepts and terms applied to the arts, but also the social and cultural ideologies of aesthetic value itself. Seventeen chapters range from the life without the Muses to the Sublime, and from philosophical views to middle-brow and popular aesthetics. "Aesthetic value in classical antiquity" should be of interest to classicists, cultural and art historians, and philosophers.

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Chapter One General Introduction
Living without the Muses
Chapter Three Is the Sublime an Aesthetic Value?
The Aesthetics of Nonsense in the Ancient Greek Symposium
Chapter Five The Aesthetic Value of Music in Platonic Thought
An Objective Aesthetics of Seniors in Platos Laws
Performance Pleasure and Value in Aristotles Politics
Chapter Eight Audience Poetic Justice and Aesthetic Value in Aristotles Poetics
Chapter Twelve Art Aesthetics and the Hero in Vergils Aeneid
On Valuing Roman Imperial Architecture
Chapter Fourteen Poetry Politics and Pleasure in Quintilian
Literary Judgments as Personal Critiques in Roman Satire
Chapter Sixteen Captive Audience? The Aesthetics of nefas in Senecan Drama
Education in Eros through Aesthetics in Longus Daphnis and Chloe
Index of Greek Terms
Index of Latin Terms

Ancient and Modern Reflections
Chapter Ten Heraclides Criticus and the Problem of Taste
Chapter Eleven Popular Aesthetics and Personal Art Appreciation in the Hellenistic Age

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Ineke Sluiter, Ph.D. (1990) in Classics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is Professor of Greek at Leiden University. Apart from the Penn-Leiden volumes, her most recent book is (with Rita Copeland), "Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric. Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 350-1475" (2009). Ralph M. Rosen, Ph.D. (1983) in Classical Philology, Harvard University, is the Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Apart from the Penn-Leiden volumes, his most recent book is "Making Mockery. The Poetics of Ancient Satire" (2007). Contributors: Myrthe Bartels, Elsa Bouchard, Curtis Dozier, Joseph Farrell, Jennifer Ferriss-Hill, Caitlin Gillespie, Stephen Halliwell, Craig Hardiman, Elizabeth Jones, Jeremy McInerney, Carrie Mowbray, Alexandra Pappas, Irene Peirano, James Porter, Bettina Reitz and Eleonora Rocconi.

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