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After we are faced with a piece of paintings, what's its impact on us? not like post-Enlightenment conceptions, which are inclined to limit themselves to aesthetic or discursive responses, the traditional Greeks and Romans frequently conceived artworks as having a extra dynamic influence on their audience, inspiring them to direct imitation of what they observed represented. This thought of 'mimetic contagion' used to be a chronic and common mode of framing reaction to artwork around the historical global, discernible in either well known and increased cultural varieties, but deployed another way in numerous ancient contexts; it is just below the specificity of a specific cultural moment's matters that it turns into most beneficial as a lens for figuring out how that tradition is trying to barter the issues of illustration.

After framing the phenomenon in phrases common sufficient to be appropriate throughout many classes, literary genres, and creative media, this quantity takes a selected literary paintings, Terence's Eunuch, as a place to begin, either as a vibrant instance of this vast trend, and as a case research situating use of the motif in the peculiarities of a selected ancient second, thus mid-second-century BC Rome and its anxieties in regards to the strength of artwork. one of many gains of mimetic contagion usually famous during this research is its means to render the operation of a specific murals a symbol for the influence of illustration extra typically, and this is often definitely the case within the Eunuch, wherein the portray on the centre of the play services as a metatheatrical determine for the dynamics of mimesis all through, illustrating how the idea that may perhaps functionality because the key to a selected literary paintings. even though mimetic contagion is just one to be had Greco-Roman method for knowing the ability of paintings, through delivering a longer examining of a unmarried paintings of literature via this lens, this quantity demonstrates what ramifications nearer recognition to it will possibly have for contemporary readers and literary criticism.

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