Apollo's Kithara and Poseidon's Crash Test: Ritual and Contest in the Evolution of Greek Aesthetics

BY Richard Martin

Definitions and depictions of Greek aesthetics derive from competitions, rituals, and other social and religious contexts.

The modern perspective privileges its concept of logos over tekhne, particularly as they relate to material vs. verbal crafts. However, for the ancient Greeks, the two concepts have a non-subordinate relationship. Tekhne is closely associated with religious ritual, encompassing both modern "art" and "craft." Logos is similarly broad, referring to not only int... View Full Summary