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Rome and the Romantic Heritage in Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean

Stefano Evangelista

in Romans and Romantics

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199588541
eISBN:
9780191741845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588541.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

With his novel Marius the Epicurean (1885), Walter Pater moved the focus of his interest from Greek to Roman antiquity. In his reflections on historiography, his ideal of the hero as a man of feeling ... More


Paideia, or Platonic Education, in Marius the Epicurean

Adam Lee

in The Platonism of Walter Pater: Embodied Equity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198848530
eISBN:
9780191882944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198848530.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines Platonic education in Marius the Epicurean (1885)—that is, music and gymnastics, also known as paideia. As an apology for the ‘Conclusion’ to The Renaissance, Marius explains ... More


Walter Pater

Ian Small

in Conditions for Criticism: Authority, Knowledge, and Literature in the Late Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122418
eISBN:
9780191671418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122418.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Walter Pater's career during a time when literary critics faced a serious crisis of authority. It evaluates Pater's first book, Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873) ... More


A More Liberal Surrender: Aestheticism, Asceticism, and Walter Pater’sErotics of Conversion

Sebastian Lecourt

in Cultivating Belief: Victorian Anthropology, Liberal Aesthetics, and the Secular Imagination

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198812494
eISBN:
9780191850332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812494.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter explores how Walter Pater translated the political paradoxes of Arnoldian secularism into an ethical paradox of asceticism. In his 1885 historical novel, Marius the Epicurean, Pater ... More


Marcus the Stoic in Marius the Epicurean

Richard Rutherford

in Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198723417
eISBN:
9780191790058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The figure of Marcus Aurelius in Pater’s novel Marius the Epicurean is examined in order to shed light on Pater’s complex attitude to both pagan philosophy and early Christianity. The novel makes ... More


Ethics, Society and the Aesthetic Individual

Kate Hext

in Walter Pater: Individualism and Aesthetic Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748646258
eISBN:
9780748693849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646258.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter addresses the two-fold ethical problem created by Pater's vision of a life lived for the ‘moment’: how can one live only for beauty whilst leading a moral life and how might the ... More


Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism

Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, and Elizabeth Prettejohn (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198723417
eISBN:
9780191790058
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This is the first book to address in detail Walter Pater’s important contribution to the study of classical antiquity. Pater is our greatest aesthetic critic. He was also a professional classicist ... More


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