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Pater the ClassicistClassical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism$
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Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, and Elizabeth Prettejohn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.001.0001

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Pater’s ‘Apollo in Picardy’

Pater’s ‘Apollo in Picardy’

The Art of Scholarly Method

(p.163) 9 Pater’s ‘Apollo in Picardy’
Pater the Classicist

Caroline Vout

Oxford University Press

As the ‘finest’ of Pater’s imaginary portraits, ‘Apollo in Picardy’ is also one of the most studied. Rather than add to this scholarship by chasing down yet more of its allusions to the classical, this chapter revels in its complex and careering fictions to examine instead its contribution to, and definition of, classicism. Doing this demands bringing these fictions into dialogue with Pater’s work on Greek sculpture, and its classicism into dialogue with the Victorian Bible, the ‘Gothic Revival’, and what we now call ‘Romanticism’. By exposing the mechanisms by which the belatedness of modernity and ancient Greece and Rome are made to relate in Pater’s prose, the chapter sees this prose as a possible model for classical art history and reception studies today.

Keywords:   Apollo, belatedness, classical reception, classicism, epiphany, Greek sculpture, Romanticism, Winckelmann

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