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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter focuses on specialized forms of writing about art and architecture in ancient Greece and Rome, especially those produced by the practitioners of the arts themselves. The discussion begins by considering the meanings and functions of specialized writing, with particular emphasis on the relationship between writing and the artifacts themselves. The chapter then turns to an analysis of the scholarly debate about the nature and function of Greek architectural writings, many of which can be categorized as monographs. It also examines how the writings on art and architecture influenced the self-awareness of artists and architects with respect to the diachronic dimension and concludes by looking at On Sculpture, a treatise by Xenocrates of Athens.

Keywords: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, architects, architecture, art, artists, On Sculpture, self-awareness, specialized writing, Xenocrates

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