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Greek and Roman Aesthetics (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)

This anthology of philosophical texts through Greek and Roman authors brings jointly works from the overdue 5th century BC to the 6th century advert that touch upon significant aesthetic concerns corresponding to the notion of good looks and concord in track and the visible arts, constitution and magnificence in literature, and aesthetic judgement. It contains vital texts via Plato and Aristotle at the prestige and the function of the humanities in society and in schooling, and Longinus' reflections at the chic in literature, as well as much less recognized writings by way of Philodemus, Cicero, Seneca, Plotinus, Augustine and Proclus. lots of the texts were newly translated for this quantity, and a few are available English for the 1st time. a close creation strains the improvement of classical aesthetics from its roots in Platonism and Aristotelianism to its final shape in past due Antiquity.

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