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date: 30 September 2020

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This chapter examines the theories of reception of the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. It begins with an overview of reception theory and the burgeoning branch of Classics known as reception studies and explains how reception can bridge the disciplines of Classics and art history. It then turns to a discussion of Elizabeth Prettejohn’s 2012 book The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture and in particular her views on reception with regard to ancient sculpture. The chapter also considers the scholarly debate on historicism, before concluding with an assessment of what reception theory might offer to the student of Greek and Roman visual culture.

Keywords: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, architecture, art, art history, Elizabeth Prettejohn, historicism, reception studies, reception theory

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