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Winckelmann and the Invention of AntiquityHistory and Aesthetics in the Age of Altertumswissenschaft$
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Katherine Harloe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695843

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695843.001.0001

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Introduction: Winckelmann and the imagined community of classical scholarship, 1790–1930

Introduction: Winckelmann and the imagined community of classical scholarship, 1790–1930

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: Winckelmann and the imagined community of classical scholarship, 1790–1930
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Winckelmann and the Invention of Antiquity
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Katherine Harloe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695843.003.0001

The first chapter seeks to redirects classicists’ attention to Winckelmann by examining the tradition of panegyric of him that played a central role in the self-representation of German classical philology from the 1830s until the end of the Second World War. This tradition, the roots of which can be traced back to the 1790s, resulted in a picture of Winckelmann as a founding hero of the modern study of antiquity and as an inspirational figure whose remarkable life and character were held up as an example to future generations. It traces the vicissitudes of this picture, explores its role in helping to ground the disciplinary and scholarly community of Altertumswissenschaft, and considers how its persistence has obscured reflection upon how Winckelmann’s ideas and arguments contributed to the disciplinization of the classical scholarship in previous centuries.

Keywords:   classical philology, antiquity, classical scholarship, Winckelmann, disciplinization, Altertumswissenschaft

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