Pater and Antiquity
The Introduction makes the case for taking Pater seriously as a classicist and seeing him as an important role model for today’s classicists. Pater, for years a tutor at Brasenose College, Oxford, was a professional classicist (the only major critic of the High Victorian period to be so), with a particular interest in philosophy. The Introduction defends the intellectual integrity of his book on Plato, exploring his contribution to contemporary debates within Classics and to the development of Classics as a discipline. It focuses on the way Pater anticipates some key aspects of reception theory, in particular in Marius the Epicurean. It ends with an account of the style, at once classicizing and romantic, in which Pater sets out his ideas about antiquity and its complex relationship to the modern world, the workings and temporalities of the classical tradition (a phrase not used before the nineteenth century which he promoted).
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