Between Ecstasy and Truth: Problems of Value in Ancient Greek Conceptions of Poetry

Project: Standard

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Key findings

The project produced a substantial book (/Between Ecstasy and Truth/, Oxford University Press, 2011) which contains a series of major interpretations of key texts in the history of ancient Greek attitudes to poetry. These interpretations engage with modern scholarship in several languages and make far-reaching connections with important ideas in the history of poetics and philosophical aesthetics more generally. The cumulative argument of the book shows that much ancient Greek thinking about poetry involves an unresolved tension of values between a desire for 'ecstasy' and for 'truth'.
Effective start/end date11/02/0810/06/08


  • Arts and Humanities Research Council: £38,417.00


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