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1108743757 / 9781108743754
Paperback
111.850938
28/05/2020
Published 28/05/2020
England
712 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Reprint. Originally published: 2016.

Current understandings of the sublime are focused by a single word ('sublimity') and by a single author ('Longinus').

The sublime is not a word: it is a concept and an experience, or rather a whole range of ideas, meanings and experiences that are embedded in conceptual and experiential patterns.

Once we train our sights on these patterns a radically different prospect on the sublime in antiquity comes to light, one that touches everything from its range of expressions to its dates of emergence, evolution, role in the cultures of antiquity as a whole, and later reception.

This book is the first to outline an alternative account of the sublime in Greek and Roman poetry, philosophy, and the sciences, in addition to rhetoric and literary criticism.

It offers new readings of Longinus without privileging him, but instead situates him within a much larger context of reflection on the sublime in antiquity.

BIC:

1QDAG Ancient Greece, 3D BCE to c 500 CE, DSA Literary theory, DSBB Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, HPCA Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500, HPN Philosophy: aesthetics

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