The ancient paragone

Those who are here at the Center know that I have been puzzling over Theocritus’ Idyll 15, the Women at…

Enactment and make-believe

I’m happy to announce a talk I will be giving at Catholic here in DC next Wednesday. Here is the…

What exactly is Pandēmos Mousikē?

Plutarch’s teacher Ammonius concludes his analysis of dance, which I mentioned in my last blog, on a rather pessimistic note:…

Plutarch on dance

Simonides’ dictum “Painting is silent poetry, poetry is speaking painting” is very well known and appears over and over again…

Ekphrasis and bodily performance

Life-likeness is an old aesthetic ideal foregrounded time and again in ancient descriptions of works of art. The pertaining problems…