Harvard University Press has partnered with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all in-copyright HUP books that had become unavailable since their original publication. The 2,800 titles in the “e-ditions” program can be purchased individually as PDF eBooks or as hardcover reprint (“print-on-demand”) editions via the “Available from De Gruyter” link above. They are also available to institutions in ten separate subject-area packages that reflect the entire spectrum of the Press’s catalog. More about the E-ditions Program »
Frank Chambers begins his essay with the assumption that not in the controversies of modern scholars and art critics can a working theory of ancient aesthetics be discovered but in ancient literature itself. He believes that, from the early descriptions of armor and architecture in the Homeric poems up to the meditations of Plotinus and the later Latin authors, there is a continuous record of the Classical Taste. Briefly, he seeks to answer the question: What had Antiquity to say of its own arts and artists? His policy from first to last is that only by allowing the ancients to speak for themselves can a reliable estimate of their thoughts and feelings be made.