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date: 27 September 2020

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This chapter examines the approaches employed in the formal analysis of the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. It begins with a discussion of the traditional stylistic approach in art history, its distinctive features and influence, and its critics and advocates. It then turns to the idea of style in a work of art, along with its functions. Finally, the chapter asks whether the focus on artistic form and style can still be considered a worthy scholarly pursuit.

Keywords: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, architecture, art, art history, form, formal analysis, style, stylistic approach

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