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By Pierre Destrée, Penelope Murray

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The first of its type, A significant other to historic Aesthetics provides a synoptic view of the humanities, which crosses conventional barriers and explores the classy event of the ancients throughout various media—oral, aural, visible, and literary.

  • Investigates the various ways that the humanities have been skilled and conceptualized within the old world
  • Explores the cultured event of the ancients throughout a number of media, treating literary, oral, aural, and visible arts jointly in one volume
  • Presents an built-in standpoint at the significant topics of old aesthetics which demanding situations conventional demarcations
  • Raises questions about the similarities and adjustments among old and smooth methods of pondering where of paintings in society

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The useful trope of “contact with the Muses” is most spectacular in the proem to the Theogony of Hesiod, when a shepherd of backwoods Boeotia is personally instructed by the divine mistresses of song (Theogony 23–34). A slightly agonistic tone gives the passage an edge: the Muses call Hesiod and his fellow shepherds “bellies only” – implying the mortals might do anything for a meal. But they proceed to assert their own right to tells lies (as beggars do) or the truth. That “Hesiod” in this scenario resembles a rhapsode bears noting.

Griffith, M. 1990. ” In Griffith and Mastronarde, 185–207. Griffith, M. , eds. 1990. Cabinet of the Muses: Essays on Classical and Comparative Literature in Honor of Thomas G. Rosenmeyer. Atlanta: Scholars Press. , ed. 1992. The Iconography of Greek Cult in the Archaic and Classical Periods. Liège: Centre d’Étude de la Religion Grecque Antique. J. 1989. ” Mnemosyne 42: 24–40. Herington, J. 1985. Poetry into Drama. Early Tragedy and the Greek Poetic Tradition. Berkeley: University of California Press.

In short, while discussing verdicts on poetry, we must also take into account the “aesthetics of judging” – governed by wider conceptions of social comportment. The Greeks were not alone in sponsoring poetic competitions – Vedic hymns in ancient India and medieval Japanese waka poetry were subject to contests between poets. But characteristically, competition in the mousikoi agōnes is distinct as a civic activity, not just for an elite, and involving both professionals and amateurs (Osborne 1993).

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