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Beauty, Love, and Art: The Legacy of Ancient Greece

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Guest presenter:
Professor David Konstan  (New York University)

Lecture Title:
Beauty, Love, and Art: The Legacy of Ancient Greece

Time and Date:
6.00pm on Tuesday 21st August

Venue:
Webb Lecture Theatre, (G21), Ground Floor, Geography Building, UWA

Parking:
P18 and P19, entry via Fairway entrance No. 1

Cost: Free. RSVP to ias@uwa.edu.au or 08 6448 1340

Further inquiries:
Contact: Institute of Advanced Studies

Beauty, Love, and Art flyer

 

Abstract:
There is a deep problem with beauty.  Beauty is commonly equated with
sexual attractiveness. Yet there is also the beauty of art, which arouses an
aesthetic response of disinterested contemplation.

As Roger Scruton writes in his recent book, Beauty (2009):
"In the realm of art beauty is an object of contemplation, not desire."

Are there, then, two kinds of beauty? By looking back the classical Greek
conception of beauty, we may see how it gave rise to the modern dilemma, and some possible ways of resolving it.

David Konstan Biography:
David Konstan is Professor of Classics at New York University and Professor
Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at Brown University.
His research focuses on ancient Greek and Latin literature, and on classical and Hellenistic philosophy. In recent years, he has investigated the emotions and value concepts of classical Greece in Rome.

Professor Konstan is a visiting UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Professor-at-Large.