Artists and Intellectuals and the Requests of Power


A much discussed question in classical studies is the comparison between the situation of poets in Augustan Rome and that of artists and intellectuals in the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. As instructive as this question proves to be for an understanding of the relation between the freedom of art and thinking on the one hand and power on the other, it also reveals the insufficiency of our present grasp of this crucial articulation of our humanity. This volume offers a multidisciplinary and comparative approach to the problem, complementing the historical perspective with a regard on Eastern traditions. It thus explores tentative paths for future research on an issue of critical importance for the shaping of the global world.

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H.-C. Günther is Professor of Classics at the university of Freiburg. He has published on Ancient Philosophy, Greek and Latin Poetry, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. He is also the author of numerous verse translations from Latin, Italian, Modern Greek and Georgian. Ivo De Gennaro is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. He has published Logos - Heidegger liest Heraklit (Berlin, 2001) and (with G. Zaccaria) Dasein : Da-sein. Tradurre la parola del pensiero (Milano, 2007).
Walter Biemel, Francois Fédier, Ivo De Gennaro, Hubert Eiholzer, Paolo Fedeli, Hans-Christian Günther, Hisaki Hashi, Arnd Kerkhecker, Rolf Kühn, Donald Rayfield, Tobias Reinhardt, Harro von Senger, Johann Peter Vogel
All those interested in Classical Antiquity, Aesthetics and Political Philosophy, Ancient and Modern History, East Asia.