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Sight and the ancient senses

edited by Michael Squire.
  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2016.
  • Copyright Notice: ©2016
  • xiii, 313 pages ; 25 cm.
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    DE60 .S54 2016 c. 1
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  • "Sight and the Ancient Senses is the first thorough introduction to the conceptualization of sight in the history, visual culture, literature and philosophy of classical antiquity. Examining how Greeks and Romans interpreted what they saw, the collection also considers sight in relation to the other senses. This volume brings together a number of interdisciplinary perspectives to deliver a broad and balanced coverage of this subject. Contributors explore the cultural, social and intellectual backdrops that gave rise to ancient theories of seeing, from Archaic Greece through to the advent of Christianity in late antiquity. This series of specially commissioned thematic chapters demonstrate how theories about sight informed Graeco-Roman philosophy, science, poetry rhetoric and art. The collection also reaches beyond its Graeco-Roman visual framework, showcasing how ancient ideas have influenced the longue durée of western sensory thinking. Richly illustrated throughout, including a section of color plates, Sight and the Ancient Senses is a wide-ranging introduction to ancient theories of seeing which will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of classical antiquity"--Provided by publisher.
  • note: 1. Sight and the Presocratics: approaches to visual perception in early Greek philosophy / Kelli Rudolph
  • 2. Sight and the philosophy of vision in Classical Greece: Democritus, Plato and Aristotle / Andrea Nightingale
  • 3. Sight and the perspectives of mathematics: the limits of ancient optics / Michael Squire
  • 4. Sight and reflexivity: theorizing vision in Greek vase-painting / Jonas Grethlein
  • 5. Sight and painting: optical theory and pictorial poetics in Classical Greek art / Jeremy Tanner
  • 6. Sight and light: reified gazes and looking artefacts in the Greek cultural imagination / Ruth Bielfeldt
  • 7. Sight and death: seeing the dead through ancient eyes / Susanne Turner
  • 8. Sight and the gods: on the desire to see naked nymphs / Verity Platt
  • 9. Sight and memory: the visual art of Roman mnemonics / Michael Squire
  • 10. Sight and insight: theorizing vision, emotion and imagination in ancient rhetoric / Ruth Webb
  • 11. Sight and Christianity: early Christian attitudes to seeing / Jane Heath
  • 12. Sight and blindness: the mask of Thamyris / Lyndsay Coo
  • 13. Sight in retrospective: the afterlife of ancient optics / A. Mark Smith.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 9781844658657
  • 1844658651
  • 9781844658664
  • 184465866X
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2015023167
  • OCLC: 926623405
  • OCLC: 926623405