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This anthology of philosophical texts by means of Greek and Roman authors brings jointly works from the overdue 5th century BC to the 6th century advert that touch upon significant aesthetic concerns similar to the notion of attractiveness and concord in tune and the visible arts, constitution and magnificence in literature, and aesthetic judgement. It contains very important texts via Plato and Aristotle at the prestige and the position of the humanities in society and in schooling, and Longinus' reflections at the chic in literature, as well as much less famous writings via Philodemus, Cicero, Seneca, Plotinus, Augustine and Proclus. many of the texts were newly translated for this quantity, and a few come in English for the 1st time. an in depth advent lines the improvement of classical aesthetics from its roots in Platonism and Aristotelianism to its final shape in overdue Antiquity.

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