Winckelmann and the Invention of Antiquity: History and Aesthetics in the Age of…

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byKatherine Harloe

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This volume provides a new perspective on the emergence of the modern study of antiquity, Altertumswissenschaft, in eighteenth-century Germany through an exploration of debates that arose over the work of the art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann between his death in 1768 and the end of thecentury. Winckelmann's eloquent articulation of the cultural and aesthetic value of studying the ancient Greeks, his adumbration of a new method for studying ancient artworks, and his provision of a model of cultural-historical development in terms of a succession of period styles, influenced both the publicand intra-disciplinary self-image of classics long into the twentieth century. Yet this area of Winckelmann's Nachleben has received relatively little attention compared with the proliferation of studies concerning his importance for late eighteenth-century German art and literature, for historiansof sexuality, and his traditional status as a "founder figure" within the academic disciplines of classical archaeology and the history of art. Harloe restores the figure of Winckelmann to classicists' understanding of the history of their own discipline and uses debates between important figures, such as Christian Gottlob Heyne, Friedrich August Wolf, and Johann Gottfried Herder, to cast fresh light upon the emergence of the modernparadigm of classics as Altertumswissenschaft: the multi-disciplinary, comprehensive, and historicizing study of the ancient world.

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This volume provides a new perspective on the emergence of the modern study of antiquity, Altertumswissenschaft, in eighteenth-century Germany through an exploration of debates that arose over the work of the art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann between his death in 1768 and the end of thecentury. Winckelmann's eloquent articulatio...

Katherine Harloe is a Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of abbreviationsNote on translations and citationsAcknowledgements1. Introduction: Winckelmann and the imagined community of classical scholarship, 1790-1930Part One: Winckelmann in Context2. Placez moi dans un coin de Votre Bibliotheque: Winckelmann's career in Germany and his self-positioning within the eighteenth-century Republic of Letters3. Kennzeichen der griechischen Meisterstucke: Winckelmann's early Roman writings and the discourse of connoisseurship4. Winckelmann's Geschichte der Kunst des Altertums and its earliest critical receptionPart Two: On the Contours of das Altertum and the Possibility of its Recovery: Heyne versus WolfIntroduction to Part 25. Homeric questions: A late eighteenth-century priority dispute6. Heyne, Winckelmann and AltertumswissenschaftConclusion to Part 2: the problem of Wolf's HellenismPart Three: Altertumswissenschaft and the Amateur: Johann Gottfried Herder7. Herder, Winckelmann, and WissenschaftBibliographyIndex