In trying to see the world through Greek eyes, the Newtonian view is only somewhat useful. We need to supplement it with the Greeks own color theories and to examine the way in which they actually tried to describe their world. Without this, the crucial role of light and brightness in their chromatic vision would be lost, as would any chance to make sense of the mobility and fluidity of their chromatic vocabulary. If we rely only on the mathematical abstractions of Newton’s optics, it will be impossible to make sense of how the Greeks saw the world.

Can we hope to understand how the Greeks saw their world?

Maria Michela Sassi
2017-01-01

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In trying to see the world through Greek eyes, the Newtonian view is only somewhat useful. We need to supplement it with the Greeks own color theories and to examine the way in which they actually tried to describe their world. Without this, the crucial role of light and brightness in their chromatic vision would be lost, as would any chance to make sense of the mobility and fluidity of their chromatic vocabulary. If we rely only on the mathematical abstractions of Newton’s optics, it will be impossible to make sense of how the Greeks saw the world.
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