Modern theories of the Sublime first gained traction with the 1674 French translation of the Greek treatise On the Sublime, attributed to the ancient writer Longinus (1st century CE). The concept was further developed in the eighteenth century via the publication of descriptions of experiences traveling across perilous landscapes. British authors such as John Dennis (1658–1734), Anthony Ashley Cooper (1671–1713), and Joseph Addison (1672–1719) commented upon their simultaneous feelings of pleasure and repulsion while journeying across the Alps. As the became an established cultural practice, European travelers increasingly noted, and even sought out, experiences of the remotest, grandest, and most dangerous locations on the road to Grand Tour destinations in Italy, notably the treacherous and breathtaking vistas along the Saint Bernard Pass through the Alps.


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