The Senses in Antiquity

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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.

Forthcoming:

Sound and the Ancient Senses

Edited by Shane Butler and Sarah Nooter

  • Touch and the Ancient Senses book cover

    Touch and the Ancient Senses

    Edited by Alex Purves

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-11-20
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    The Senses in Antiquity

  • Taste and the Ancient Senses book cover

    Taste and the Ancient Senses

    Edited by Kelli C. Rudolph

    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?…

    Paperback – 2017-08-08
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    The Senses in Antiquity

  • Sight and the Ancient Senses book cover

    Sight and the Ancient Senses

    Edited by Michael Squire

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-12-07
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    The Senses in Antiquity

  • Smell and the Ancient Senses book cover

    Smell and the Ancient Senses

    Edited by Mark Bradley

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-12-12
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    The Senses in Antiquity

  • Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses book cover

    Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses

    By Shane Butler, Alex Purves

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-08-18
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    The Senses in Antiquity