Mimesis (Gk. mimēsis: ‘imitation’, ‘representation’)
- Thomas J. Mathiesen
A term found in Greek literature from the final years of the 5th century bce referring to an aesthetic ideal underlying music and art (see Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae, 156; Frogs, 109). From the beginning it was used primarily in relation to art and dramatic poetry, but it came to be employed also in discussions of music and particularly of musical ...