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(τέχνη, téchnē, Lat. ars).

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I. Greek

No single term available to us today is able to express the concept of art as understood in antiquity; it extended from craft-related activities to the sciences, and included the activities described by us as ‘arts’, but without attaching to them any special significance. Etymologically, téchnē derives from the unattested *τέκτ-σνα (*tékt-sna), the skill of the τέκτων (téktōn, ‘carpenter’) [1]. In Homer, the concept of art already refers to the skill of craftsmen in general. Th…

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Allen, James (Pittsburgh) and Egelhaaf-Gaiser, Ulrike (Potsdam), “Art”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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