The Elements of Roman Aesthetics

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Karampatos Iraklis
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Αραμπατζής Γεώργιος, Αν. Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Φιλοσοφίας, Ε.Κ.Π.Α.
Πρωτοπαπαδάκης Ευάγγελος, Αν. Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Φιλοσοφίας,Ε.Κ..Π.Α.
Στείρης Γεώργιος, Αν. Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Φιλοσοφίας,Ε.Κ.Π.Α.
Original Title:
Στοιχεία Ρωμαϊκής Αισθητικής
Translated title:
The Elements of Roman Aesthetics
This study aims to identify the basic elements which form the framework of the wide spectrum of Roman aesthetics. It begins with an examination of the division between the “superior arts” and the “arts of mediocrity” and the reader is made aware of its importance in the formation of Roman aesthetics.
Additionally, a considerable effort is made to present an overview of the relations of politics with art whereby it is illustrated that politics form an essential part of the arts.
Another essential element was the coexistence of Roman ethics with Roman aesthetics and the “intrusion” of the ethics into the aesthetics. In the field of architecture there were some important indications of the aforementioned elements. The public nature of architecture was more accessible to the influence of the established moral and political scene. Monumentalism and gravitas proved capable of introducing the new aesthetic orders into the public space.
Regarding the subject of Latin literature, we identify the background of Roman aesthetics and also note the significance of the relationship between Roman and Hellenistic art. According to Roman tradition Greek literature was transferred from Greece to Rome via a romanised Greek, Livius Andronicus.The pattern of immigrating artistic concepts from Greece to Rome via the slavery route is not new in the history of art. However, it is indicative of the fact that Roman public morals attempted to have an effect upon and to control the Greek aesthetic tradition. In the artform of sculpture the entirety of Roman aesthetics is represented, for example, the depiction of the transient in contrast to the eternal (veristic sculpture), as well as the promotion of Roman gravitas.
Lastly, we approached the matter of imitation and emulation based on which we have strong indications that Roman art is part of the latter practice. Τhe Greek bibliography has not previously covered the area of Roman aesthetics, consequently this book is a significant endeavour to cast an initial light upon the subject.
Main subject category:
Fine arts - Entertainment
Roman Sculpture, Roman Architecture, Latin Literature, VItruvius, Roman Aesthetics.
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