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Epicurean arts: the aesthetic theory of Philodemus of Gadara

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posted on 2022-03-28, 11:40 authored by Thomas William Anthony Westenberg
The aesthetic trilogy of Philodemus of Gadara, an Epicurean philosopher who lived and taught in the first century B.C., is made up of the treatises On music, On poems and On rhetoric. Recent studies have indicated that Philodemus' aesthetic philosophy differs from that of traditional Epicureanism. However, these studies have examined each of the three aesthetic arts as distinct entities. This study proposes a single, unified aesthetic theory as presented in the aesthetic trilogy; a theory which is founded on the concept of the arts as the linguistic expression of philosophy.


Table of Contents

Chapter I. Introduction -- Chapter II. Rhetoric -- Chapter III. Poetry -- Chapter IV. Music -- Chapter V. Conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 64-69

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ancient History

Department, Centre or School

Department of Ancient History

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Christopher (Christopher Brian) Forbes


Copyright Thomas William Anthony Westenberg 2015. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au




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Former Identifiers

mq:47051 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1089488