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The Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT) is delighted to welcome Professor David Konstan to speak at its first Sir Jeremy Morse Lecture.

'Did Aristotle Recognise Aesthetic Emotion?'

Aristotle famously affirms, in the Poetics, that the emotions proper to tragedy are pity and fear. But are these aesthetic emotions, that is, responses to a work of art as such? In this lecture Professor Konstan suggests that they are, and that properly understood Aristotle’s view offers an important insight into the nature of art and emotion.

David Konstan is Professor of Classics at New York University. Among his publications are The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks: Studies in Aristotle and Classical Literature (Toronto, 2006); Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea (Cambridge, 2010); and Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea (Oxford, 2014). He is a vice president of the Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Sir Jeremy Morse (1928 - 2016) was Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 1989 to 2003, and former President of the IGRCT. Sir Jeremy was one of the Institute's staunchest supporters.

Photo: Rembrandt, Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer (1653) Metropolitan Museum, NY

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