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Mimetic Contagion: Art and Artifice in Terence's Eunuch

Robert Germany

Abstract

The ancient Greeks and Romans sometimes conceived of works of art having a dynamic effect on viewers, inspiring them to direct imitation of what they saw represented. This ‘mimetic contagion’ might operate alongside aesthetic or rational communication in art and was in some cases integral to how mimesis itself was conceptualized. This book explores mimetic contagion as a widespread discursive pattern across the ancient world, discernible in both popular and elevated cultural forms, but it also situates this phenomenon within a particular historical moment, mid-second century BCE Rome, to see w ... More

Keywords: mimesis, mime, mimetic contagion, contaminatio, Terence, Eunuch, art, Roman comedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198738732
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738732.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Germany, author
Associate Professor of Classics, Haverford College

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