The Hellenistic Aesthetic / Edition 1

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This book is primarily about the poetry of the Hellenistic period. Then it is about certain of the visual arts: sculpture, painting, mosaics, and jewelry. I have not discussed philosophical of rhetorical schools, nor have I dealt with drama. I have not used the fragments in the Supplementum Hellenisticum of parsons and Lloyd-Jones or in Powell's Collecteana Alexandrina, because I though them too lacking in context to be of interest to my audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299120443
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/1989
  • Series: Studies in Classics
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,004,794
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Hughes Fowler is the John Bascom Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is editor and translator of the volume  Hellenistic Poetry: An Anthology, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations xi
Preface xvii
Abbreviations Used in Notes xix
Introduction 3
I. Craft and Elegance 5
II. The Sweetness of Nature 23
III. The Baroque 32
IV. The Burlesque 44
V. The Grotesque 66
VI. Passion 79
VII. Pathos 92
VIII. The Pathetic Fallacy 104
IX. The Creatures 110
X. Eroticism 137
XI. Archaizing 156
XII. Skenographia, Skiagraphia, and Phantasia 168
Conclusion 187
Epilogue 189
Works Cited 201
Sources for Illustrations 207
Index 211
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2003

    Very useful and thought-provoking

    As a companion to the reading of Hellenistic poetry, this book is invaluable. It is written in a lively and enthusiastic fashion that conveys the nuanced qualities of the Hellenistic spirit very well. One might quibble with some of her interpretations, and there is much more that could be said about the art of the period, but all in all, the book is extremely thought-provoking and valuable.

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