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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]R. Moore
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 16:29:06 -0800 (PST)
Dave Landers has raised a very nice question about how the Romans viewed
violence. Since it was a very big and very honored part of their lives,
it might seem reasonable to think that they found it beautiful. I see his
point, but I would be reluctant to leap quickly to that conclusion. After
all, there are lots of ways of esteeming things. Deeming them beautiful
is only one way. I would think that a Roman of Trajan's time might, if we
were able to bring him back to life, say that he admired violence, liked
it, sought it out, etc., but that he didn't really regard it as beautiful.
But, then again, how can we tell where general preferences and admirations
leave off and beauty-response begins?