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The Philosophy of Artistic Creation: Phidias, the Ideas, and Cicero (2018)


Since Antiquity Phidias seems to be the best sculptor of Gods, because he carved great statues with his human hands and succeeded in giving a physical look to that which is not visible to human eyes. This paper is devoted to Cicero’s attention on the imaginative creation of the artist and on the philosophical features of that demiurgical activity which the Roman philosopher links to his interpretation of the Platonic theory of the Forms. The survey led on some Ciceronian texts shows, from a philosophical and philological point of view, the way in which Cicero reconsiders the role of the phantasia, offering a revalution of the art.

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Authors & Contributors
Sorabji, Richard
Gerson, Lloyd P.
Biard, Joël
Fantham, Elaine
Ward, Ann
Al-Maini, Douglas
Apeiron: Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science
Ancient Philosophy
Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie
Journal of Literature and Science
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Lexington Books
Florida State Univeristy
University of California, Irvine
de Gruyter
Form (philosophy)
Philosophy of science
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Burley, Walter
Nicholas d'Autrecourt
Pliny, the elder
14th century
16th century
19th century

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