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Beauty, Art, and Love: The Legacy of Ancient Greece Comments

On February, 13, 2013, DAVID KONSTAN, Professor of Classics, Brown/NYU will discuss Beauty, Art, and Love: The Legacy of Ancient Greece. Beauty is commonly equated with sexual attractiveness.  Yet there is also the beauty of art, which arouses, it is said, an aesthetic response of disinterested contemplation; as Roger Scruton writes in his recent book, Beauty (2009): “In the realm of art beauty is an object of contemplation, not desire.”  Are there, then, two kinds of beauty?  By looking back at the classical Greek conception of beauty, Prof. Konstan will show how it gave rise to the modern dilemma, and some possible ways of resolving it.  Along the way, he will discuss Praxiteles and Picasso, Aphrodite and the Virgin Mary, ancient festivals and the Easter celebration in Seville.


Sponsored by Honors College and University Relations, with the departments of Comparative Literature (Classics), History, Philosophy, and Fine Arts/Art History.



This lecture will take place in 246 East Library Wing, 2nd floor of The Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus.




Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Free and open to the public



Axinn Library
Axinn Library
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Honors College
Phone: 516-463-4842
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