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The Resource Beauty : the fortunes of an ancient Greek idea, David Konstan

Beauty : the fortunes of an ancient Greek idea, David Konstan

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Beauty : the fortunes of an ancient Greek idea
Title
Beauty
Title remainder
the fortunes of an ancient Greek idea
Statement of responsibility
David Konstan
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Beauty offers an elegant investigation of ancient Greek notions of beauty and, in the process, sheds light on how we ought to appreciate the artistic achievements of the classical world. The book opens by reexamining the commonly held notion that the ancient Greeks possessed no term that can be unambiguously defined as "beauty" or "beautiful." Author David Konstan discusses a number of Greek approximations before positioning the heretofore unexamined term kállos as the key to bridging the gap between beauty and desire, and tracing its evolution as applied to physical beauty, art, literature, and more. The book then examines corresponding terms in Biblical Hebrew and ancient Latin literature to highlight the survival of Greek ideas in the Latin West. The final chapter compares the ancient Greek conception of beauty with modern notions of beauty and aesthetics. In particular, it focuses on the reception of classical Greek art in the Renaissance and how Vasari and his contemporaries borrowed from Plato the sense that the beauty in art was transcendental, but left out the erotic dimension of viewing. Even if Greece was the inspiration for modern aesthetic ideals, this study illustrates how the Greek view of the relationship between beauty and desire was surprisingly consistent-and different from our own. This fascinating and magisterial exploration makes it possible to identify how the Greeks thought of beauty, what it was that attracted them, and what their perceptions can still tell us about art, love, desire-and beauty" -- Publisher's description
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Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Konstan, David
Dewey number
111/.850938
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BH108
LC item number
.K66 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Onassis series in Hellenic culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Aesthetics, Ancient
  • Aesthetics
  • Greece
  • Aesthetics
  • Aesthetics, Ancient
  • Civilization
  • Greece
  • Schoonheidsideaal
  • Geestesgeschiedenis
  • Griekenland
  • Beau (esthétique)
  • Esthétique antique
  • Grèce
  • Estetik
  • Grekland
Label
Beauty : the fortunes of an ancient Greek idea, David Konstan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The problem with beauty : Beauty and history ; Did the ancient Greeks recognize art? ; Did the ancient Greeks recognize beauty? ; Beauty, sex, and virtue ; Beauty in art and life -- Beauty in Greek : Is there a Greek word for beauty? ; Beauty : the earliest evidence ; Beauty in archaic poetry ; The classical period -- The nature of beauty : Beauty and desire ; Beauty and gender : women, boys, and effeminate men ; Beauty and virtue ; Beauty and the best: the role of class -- Beauty transfigured : Aesthetic beauty ; Ecphrasis or pictures into words ; Transcendent beauty ; Back to beauty : Themistius's oration to Gratian -- Beauty across cultures: Israel and Rome : Beauty in the Bible ; Beauty and desire between Greece and Rome ; Beauty and art -- Greek beauty today : The varieties of aesthetic experience ; Beauty ascendant ; Beauty dethroned ; Beauty reinstated
Control code
ocn877369494
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 262 pages
Isbn
9780199927265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199927265
  • (OCoLC)877369494
Label
Beauty : the fortunes of an ancient Greek idea, David Konstan
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The problem with beauty : Beauty and history ; Did the ancient Greeks recognize art? ; Did the ancient Greeks recognize beauty? ; Beauty, sex, and virtue ; Beauty in art and life -- Beauty in Greek : Is there a Greek word for beauty? ; Beauty : the earliest evidence ; Beauty in archaic poetry ; The classical period -- The nature of beauty : Beauty and desire ; Beauty and gender : women, boys, and effeminate men ; Beauty and virtue ; Beauty and the best: the role of class -- Beauty transfigured : Aesthetic beauty ; Ecphrasis or pictures into words ; Transcendent beauty ; Back to beauty : Themistius's oration to Gratian -- Beauty across cultures: Israel and Rome : Beauty in the Bible ; Beauty and desire between Greece and Rome ; Beauty and art -- Greek beauty today : The varieties of aesthetic experience ; Beauty ascendant ; Beauty dethroned ; Beauty reinstated
Control code
ocn877369494
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 262 pages
Isbn
9780199927265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199927265
  • (OCoLC)877369494

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