Like us, ancient Greeks and Romans came to know and understand their world through their senses. Yet it has long been recognized that the world the ancients perceived, and the senses through which they channelled this information could operate differently from the patterns and processes of perception in the modern world. This series explores the relationship between perception, knowledge and understanding in the literature, philosophy, history, language and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.
The Senses in Antiquity Paperback Set
Sound and the Ancient Senses
Touch and the Ancient Senses
Taste and the Ancient Senses
By Shane Butler, Mark Bradley
February 01, 2019
This set includes all six titles in The Senses in Antiquity series. Buying the set provides a significant saving as opposed to buying the books separately. Series editors: Mark Bradley, University of Nottingham, UK, and Shane Butler, Johns Hopkins University, USA Like us, ancient Greeks and...
By Shane Butler, Sarah Nooter
October 09, 2018
Sound leaves no ruins and no residues, even though it is experienced constantly. It is ubiquitous but fleeting. Even silence has sound, even absence resonates. Sound and the Ancient Senses aims to hear the lost sounds of antiquity, from the sounds of the human body to those of the gods, from the ...
By Alex Purves
November 22, 2017
Unlike the other senses, touch ranges beyond a single sense organ, encompassing not only the skin but also the interior of the body. It mediates almost every aspect of interpersonal relations in antiquity, from the everyday to the erotic, just as it also provides a primary point of contact between ...
By Kelli C. Rudolph
August 15, 2017
Olives, bread, meat and wine: it is deceptively easy to evoke ancient Greece and Rome through a few items of food and drink. But how were their tastes different from ours? How did they understand the sense of taste itself, in relation to their own bodies and to other modes of sensory experience? ...
By Michael Squire
December 08, 2015
It is to Greek critical thinking about seeing that we owe our conceptual framework for theorizing the senses, and it is also to such thinking that we owe the lasting legacy of Greco-Roman imagery. Sight and the Ancient Senses is the first thorough introduction to the conceptualization of sight in ...
By Mark Bradley
December 17, 2014
From flowers and perfumes to urban sanitation and personal hygiene, smell—a sense that is simultaneously sublime and animalistic—has played a pivotal role in western culture and thought. Greek and Roman writers and thinkers lost no opportunity to connect the smells that bombarded their senses to ...
By Shane Butler, Alex Purves
September 15, 2014
Like us, the ancient Greeks and Romans came to know and understand the world through their senses. Yet sensory experience has rarely been considered in the study of antiquity and, when the senses are examined, sight is regularly privileged. 'Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses' presents a radical ...