The Legacy of Antiquity: New Perspectives in the Reception of the Classical World
Recent years have seen an increase of interest in classicism and the reception and survival of antiquity. Classical Reception Studies is a rapidly developing field of research and teaching, and a growing number of new scholars are investigating issues of reception of classical texts, ideas, performance, and material culture across different cultural contexts and in different media. This volume adds new perspectives in this growing field of scholarship.
This collection of essays explores the uses of the past from a wide range of perspectives. The papers are drawn from a spectrum of cultures and chronological periods; from medieval to modern times, from Italian to Byzantine, from French to British. The characters involved in each case study accessed the past through different means, employing varying combinations of texts, oral traditions, iconographic representations, and visible remains of the landscape.
It is a snapshot of a field in movement, illustrative of current directions and hopeful of producing new ones. The legacy of antiquity is omnipresent, and is as multifaceted as suggested by the wide range of the papers. This volume presents new perspectives, dealing with ever-elusive enigmas and opening the way for future research and investigation to all those who seek to explore the constant fascination with the antique.
Dr Lenia Kouneni is a Teaching Fellow in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews, where she teaches courses on aspects of classicism in western art and Byzantine art. She has a BA Hons (Archaeology and Art History) from the University of Athens, Greece. She completed her MLitt in Art History at the University of St Andrews and received her PhD from the same institution in 2009. She has taught at the University of St Andrews and the University of Dundee; she was a Neil Macgregor scholar at the National Gallery, London, and has participated in a number of archaeological excavations in Greece. Her primary research concern is the notion of “influence” and artistic contacts between different cultures. Her doctoral thesis, “Antiquity through Medieval Eyes: The Appropriation of Antique Art in the Trecento”, deals with the perception and reception of Greek and Roman antiquity in fourteenth-century Italy. She is also interested in Italo-Byzantine artistic contacts and has published two articles on the influence of Byzantine iconographic types of the Virgin and Child in Italian painting.
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