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Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

Professor of Classics

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi works on Greek and Graeco-Roman notions of aesthetic perception and response as these are debated in ancient poetry, philosophy, and critical thought. She is particularly interested in discussing the ways in which ancient aesthetic approaches differ from some of the most established philosophical theories about aesthetic judgment and experience in modern times. She has special interests in ancient and modern theories about the verbal and visual arts, ancient and modern lyric poetry, and Plato. She has also been teaching, lecturing, and publishing on the aesthetics of dance in Greek and Graeco-Roman cultures and is preparing a book on Dance and Aesthetic Perception.Her book Frontiers of Pleasure: Models of Aesthetic Response in Archaic and Classical Greek Thoughtwas published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. A volume she edited on Performance and Culture in Plato’s Laws was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press.

                              Recent publications

               2021     "Écriture and the Budding Classicist" in ed.Laura Jansen, Anne Carson/Antiquity, Bloomsbury

               2020    " Lived Aesthetics and the Inner Narrative" in J.Grethlein, L. Huitink, A. Tagliabue (eds) Experience, Narrative, and Criticism in Ancient Greece, Oxford University Press, pp.283-98

                2018     “Lyric atmospheres: Plato and mimetic evanescence ” in A. D’ Angour and T.Phillips (eds), Music, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece, Oxford University Press,  pp. 163-82.

                2018     “Against Aesthetic Distance : Ovid, Proust, and the Hedonic Impulse” in S. Frangoulidis and S. Harrison (eds) Life, Love, and Death in Latin Poetry, De Gruyter,  pp.167-87.


For selections of published work see

 Graduate seminars : 

Aesthetics and Politics of Dance in Greece (Spring 2003, as a visiting Professor) ; Choral Poetry and Performance (2005 and 2008) ; Criticism, Interpretation and Reception in Antiquity (2006); Mimesis in Poetry and Philosophy (with Andrea Nightingale, 2007) ; Pleasure in Greek Thought ( 2009) ; Sappho, Plato, Proust (both undergraduate and graduate, 2010) ; The Relationship between the Verbal and the Visual in Greek Culture ( 2010) ; Mousike in Theory and Performance (with Reviel Netz, 2010) ; Introduction to Greek Aesthetics (2012) ; Literary and Art Criticism in Greece (2013); Aristotle's Poetics(2014) ; Ekphrasis in Antiquity ( with Reviel Netz, 2015) ;  Rethinking the History of Lyric I : Geography, Politics, and the Lyric Imaginary ( Winter, 2017) ; Rethinking the History of Lyric II : Selfhood ( Spring, 2017); Pantomime Dance in the Greco-Roman World ( Fall, 2017); Classical Aesthetics and the Shaping of Modern Aesthetic Thought ( Winter 2019); Philodemus: an Epicurean Thinker on Poetry and Music ( Spring 2019) ; Ekphrasis in Antiquity and Beyond (with Reviel Netz, Spring 2020) ; On the Sublime: Longinus and Beyond ( with John Tennant, Spring 2021)



Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi, Laura Jansen, Editor
November 2021

From her seminal Eros the Bittersweet (1986) to her experimental Float (2016), Bakkhai (2017) and Norma Jeane Baker of Troy (2019), Anne Carson's...
Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi, Edited by Stavros Frangoulidis / Stephen Harrison
March 2018
Inspired by Theodore Papanghelis’ Propertius: A Hellenistic Poet on Love and Death (1987), this collective volume brings together seventeen...
Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi, Edited by Tom Phillips and Armand D'Angour
March 2018
Examines the specific effects that musical accompaniment would have created in individual poems, opening up an understudied topic in contemporary...
June 2017
In ancient Greece the art of the Muses (mousike) combined word, music and dance; dance was a central component of cultural and of civic,...
May 2016
The Look of Lyric: Greek Song and the Visual addresses the various modes of interaction between ancient Greek lyric poetry and the visual arts as...
July 2015
The first of its kind, A Companion to Ancient Aesthetics presents a synoptic view of the arts, which crosses traditional boundaries and explores the...
May 2013
This volume is dedicated to an intriguing Platonic work, the Laws. Probably the last dialogue Plato wrote, the Laws represents the philosopher's most...
August 2012
Frontiers of Pleasure calls into question a number of influential modern notions regarding aesthetics by going back to the very beginnings of...