"Fowler's . . . own insights are apparent throughout, and they seem to distill the personal appreciation and understanding of a scholar who has devoted much of her career to both contemplating and enjoying Hellenistic poetry. . . . [This book] would make an excellent background text for courses in later Greek and Roman art, and it can be read with profit by anyone interested in exploring the character of Hellenistic culture."-J. J. Pollitt, American Journal of Archaeology
"Outstanding is the range of examples discussed both in poetry and art. Theocritus, Callimachus, Appolonius, the epigrammatists, and others-that is, the major figures of the time-are considered at length and in several different contexts. Passages are quoted in the original Greek, translated, and analyzed. Fowler's sensitivity to poetic forms, evident in her other published writings, is again evident here. In addition, however, the philosophical context is not overlooked. . . . Also highly commendable are the liberal references to works of art. Sculpture in the round and in relief, portraits, terracotta figurines, original paintings (grave stelai) and Campanian murals, mosaics, gold and silver vessels, and jewelry are introduced at various points. Every work of art discussed is illustrated in astonishingly clear photographs, which are interspersed in the body of the text."-Christine Mitchell Havelock
"The Hellenistic Aesthetic provides classicists with their first thorough discussion of the aesthetic unity found in Hellenistic art and literature. . . . Fowler examines parallels both in subject matter and in artistic approach among a diverse group of literary genres and artistic forms. In twelve chapters, The Hellenistic Aesthetic surveys Alexandrian epigrams, pastorals, epics, sculptural groups, mosaics, paintings, and jewelry to supply a convincing, and frequently unexpected, picture of a unified aesthetic vision."-Jeffrey Buller, Classical Outlook
About 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.
Table of Contents
|Abbreviations Used in Notes||xix|
|I.||Craft and Elegance||5|
|II.||The Sweetness of Nature||23|
|VIII.||The Pathetic Fallacy||104|
|XII.||Skenographia, Skiagraphia, and Phantasia||168|
|Sources for Illustrations||207|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.