Abstract

The paper is aimed at promoting debate and, hopefully, hastening the demise of some tired clich├ęs that still dominate discussions within and beyond classics. The subject is the categories of art, art history, and aesthetics, particularly in their relation to aesthetic experience and its so-called autonomy. Were these available in ancient Greece and Rome? If not, how can talk about "ancient art" be anything but wholly anachronistic? If so, in what form were they available? In a word, were the classical past and modernity divided by a rupture around the very conceivability of art and the aesthetic?

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6504
Print ISSN
0004-0975
Pages
pp. 165-180
Launched on MUSE
2010-06-17
Open Access
No
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