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Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

Professor of Classics

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi works on ancient aesthetics. She has been especially interested in the Greek notions of aesthetic pleasure and aesthetic response as debated in poetic and philosophical texts. She discusses such issues in Frontiers of Pleasure: Models of Aesthetic Response in Archaic and Classical Greek Thought. She has also been working on the aesthetics of dance in Greek and Greco-Roman cultures and is preparing a book on Dance and Aesthetic Perception.A volume she edited on Performance and Culture in Plato’s Laws was recently published by Cambridge University Press.

Since coming to 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) . 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, and Advanced Greek and has been involved in several dissertation projects.



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...