This paper moves from the modern sense of what is classical, and particularly Classical and Athenian, to ask how the ancients developed the sense of their own past. I begin with one modern reflection on images of the classical past, the opening of E.R. Dodds’ famous The Greeks and the Irrational, behind which lurk both Platonic ‘ideas’ and Nietzsche’s ‘Apolline culture’, and then move backwards in time to ask how critical theorists such as ‘Longinus’ and Dionysius of Halicarnassus erected images of a perfect classicism. Further back still in time the story involves (again) Plato’s forms, Athenian sculpture and tragedy and ultimately the Homeric poems themselves.
Event in cooperation with the Institute of Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures.
The lecture will be held in English.
Jan 29, 2015 | 06:00 PM c.t.
Freie Universität Berlin, "Rostlaube", Seminarzentrum, Room L 116, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem