Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi works on Greek and Greco-Roman notions of aesthetic perception, pleasure, and response as these are debated in ancient poetic and philosophical texts. 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 lyric poetry, the relationship between the verbal and the visual, and Plato. She has also been teaching, lecturing, and publishing on the aesthetics of dance in Greek and Greco-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.
Most recent publications
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.
2017 “Aristotle’s definition of dance” in L. Gianvittorio (ed.) Choreutika, Fabrizio Serra editore, pp. 215-243.
For selections of published work see Academia.edu
Graduate seminars taught :
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)