SYNAESTHESIA AND THE ANCIENT SENSES

Edited by SHANE BUTLER and ALEX PURVES
240pp 9 ILLUS 2013 LIST PRICE: £24.99 (P) G364

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Like us, the ancient Greeks and Romans came to know and understand the world through textures, flavours, aromas, sounds and sights. This volume’s thirteen chapters range widely from Homer to Quintilian, and flirt with all of the five senses as recognised in a modern western sensorium. An introduction sets the ancient senses within the history of aesthetics and subsequent essays explore the senses throughout the classical period and on to the modern reception of classical literature. All Greek and Latin is translated and technical matters are explained for the non-specialist.