Ideas of Beauty, Ideals of Character

In Kelly Olson (ed.), A Cultural History of Beauty in Antiquity (forthcoming)
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This chapter presents several of the dominant ideas and intellectual debates about human beauty from archaic Greece to early Christianity. At issue are ideals of character, ethical ideals of who one should be and how one should live. What constitutes beauty and why beauty matters change alongside conceptions of body and soul, virtue and happiness, and the relationship between human beings and the divine.
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