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The Origins of Aesthetic Thought in Ancient Greece
Matter, Sensation, and Experience

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  • Date Published: October 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316630259

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  • This is the first modern attempt to put aesthetics back on the map in classical studies. James Porter traces the origins of aesthetic thought and inquiry in their broadest manifestations as they evolved from before Homer down to the fourth-century and then into later antiquity, with an emphasis on Greece in its earlier phases. Greek aesthetics, he argues, originated in an attention to the senses and to matter as opposed to the formalism and idealism that were enshrined by Plato and Aristotle and through whose lens most subsequent views of ancient art and aesthetics have typically been filtered. Treating aesthetics in this way can help us reveal the commonly shared basis of the diverse arts of antiquity. Reorienting our view of the ancient vocabularies of art and experience around matter and sensation, this book dramatically changes how we look upon the ancient achievements in these same areas.

    • Provides detailed reassessments of key texts from major classical authors (including Plato and Aristotle on art and poetry)
    • Promotes fresh readings of minor authors from the classical canon and reinterprets them
    • Offers new defining markers of cross-disciplinary aesthetic inquiry
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    "… a lengthy, learned, and bold book … tremendously stimulating …'
    Jane Heath, The Expository Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316630259
    • length: 626 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations: Aesthetics, Formalism, and Materialism:
    1. Aesthetic thought in antiquity
    2. Form and formalism
    3. Matter and appearances
    Part II. The Nascent Aesthetic Languages of the Sixth to Fourth Centuries BCE:
    4. The rise of aesthetic reflection in the fifth century
    5. The evidence of Aristophanes and Gorgias
    6. The music of the voice
    7. The voice of music
    8. Visual experience
    Part III. Broader Perspectives:
    9. Sublime monuments in ancient aesthetics

  • Author

    James I. Porter, University of California, Irvine
    James I. Porter is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Irvine. Recent publications include Classical Pasts: The Classical Traditions of Greece and Rome (edited, 2006), and The Invention of Dionysus: An Essay on the Birth of Tragedy (2000).

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