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Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

Professor of Classics

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.

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At Stanford she has taught graduate seminars such as 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: the case of Sappho (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) . She has also taught undergraduate classes such as the Majors seminar [ Representing Women in Antiquity (2005); Symposia and Banquets in Antiquity (2006); Desire in Antiquity (2007) ;  Beauty in Antiquity (2013) ; The Body and the Senses in Antiquity (2014) ] , Introductory seminars, Intermediate and Advanced Greek, and has been involved in several dissertation projects.



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...