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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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Hellenic Utopias

Hellenic Utopias

Pater in the Footsteps of Pausanias

(p.201) 11 Hellenic Utopias
Pater the Classicist

Charlotte Ribeyrol

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how Walter Pater’s reading of Pausanias’ Periegesis, books 1, 5, and 6, informed the lectures on Greek art which he delivered at Oxford University in 1878. Pater’s personal interpretation of Pausanias has rarely been documented, although his writings on Greek sculpture and Greek myth occupy a crucial place within the complex history of the reception of Pausanias’ Description of Greece in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, from Winckelmann to J. A. Symonds and Jane Ellen Harrison. This chapter sheds light on Pater’s multifaceted appropriation of the Periegete’s nostalgic itinerary through the relics of ancient Greece by showing how he drew on Pausanias’ descriptions of archaic artworks to articulate scholarly, aesthetic, and sexual considerations on Greek sculpture.

Keywords:   Pausanias, Winckelmann, J. A. Symonds, Jane Ellen Harrison, Greek sculpture, polychromy, Apollo, Hyacinth, Amyclae, ecphrasis

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