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The audiences at ancient Greek dance performances were engaged on both an intellectual and a visceral level, according to an article about a study of classical sources conducted by Stanford Professor Anastasia-Erasmi Peponi. Greek aesthetics may help us understand modern ideas about beauty, she says.

Stanford graduate student Kathryn Dickason writes about Peponi’s study for the Stanford News, including tidbits from Peponi’s research as well as quotes. “To paraphrase Plato, beauty plunges into the innermost soul and seizes it most vehemently – an encounter with it can stir up and inflame our entire body and soul,” says Peponi. She refers to the aesthetic experience as “unsettling.”

Peponi found inspiration for her study of visual perception in Greek and Greco-Roman cultures in the thinking of modern psychologists, scientists and historians. She points out that dance pioneers Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Loïe Fuller were inspired by Greek mythology and culture.

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