Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi
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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.

PDFs of select publications:

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 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)



Research Interest(s)
Research Subfields
Ancient Philosophy and Science
Classical Reception
Greek Language
Greek Literature
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