Metaphysics

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This volume brings together the three most original and influential ancient Greek treatises on literature. Artistotle's "Poetics" contains his treatment of Greek tragedy: its history, nature, and conventions, with details on poetic diction. Stephen Halliwell makes this seminal work newly accessible with a translation that is both accurate and readable. His authoritative introduction traces the work's debt to earlier theorists (especially Plato), its distinctive argument, and the reasons behind its enduring ...
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This volume brings together the three most original and influential ancient Greek treatises on literature. Artistotle's "Poetics" contains his treatment of Greek tragedy: its history, nature, and conventions, with details on poetic diction. Stephen Halliwell makes this seminal work newly accessible with a translation that is both accurate and readable. His authoritative introduction traces the work's debt to earlier theorists (especially Plato), its distinctive argument, and the reasons behind its enduring relevance. The essay "On the Sublime," usually attributed to "Longinus" (identity uncertain), was probably composed in the first century A.D.; its subject is the appreciation of greatness ("the sublime") in writing, with analysis of illustrative passages ranging from Homer and Sappho to Plato and Genesis. In this edition, Donald Russell has revised and newly annotated the text and translation by W. Hamilton Fyfe and provides a new introduction. The treatise "On Style," ascribed to an (again unidentifiable) Demetrius, was perhaps composed during the second century B.C. It seems to reflect the theoretical energy of Hellenistic rhetorical works now lost, and is notable particularly for its theory and analysis of four distinct styles. Doreen Innes' fresh rendering of the work is based on the earlier Loeb translation by W. Rhys Roberts. Her new introduction and notes represent the latest scholarship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481274487
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 383,522
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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Aristotle was born at Stageira, in the dominion of the kings of Macedonia, in 384 BC. For twenty years he studied at Athens in the Academy of Plato, on whose death in 347 he left, and, some time later, became tutor of the young Alexander the Great. When Alexander succeeded to the throne of Macedonia in 335, Aristotle returned to Athens and established his school and research institute, the Lyceum, to which his great erudition attracted a large number of scholars. After Alexander's death in 323, anti-Macedonian feeling drove Aristotle out of Athens, and he fled to Chalcis in Euboea, where he died in 322. His writings, which were of extraordinary range, profoundly affected the whole course of ancient and medieval philosophy, and they are still eagerly studied and debated by philosophers today. Very many of them have survived and among the most famous are the Ethics and the Politics.

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Table of Contents

Translated with an Introduction by Hugh Lawson-Tancred

Preface
Introduction
THE METAPHYSICS Book Alpha
Book Alpha the Lesser
Book Beta
Book Gamma
Book Delta
Book Epsilon
Book Zeta
Book Eta
Book Theta
Book Iota
Book Kappa
Book Lambda
Book Mu
Book Nu
Bibliography

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Begin with a different translation

    I begin with two disclaimers: (1) I do not presume to "review" Aristotle, and (2) I do not know Greek.

    This is a 1912 translation by a gentleman named John H. McMahon. To discover that fact you have to read the copyright page, which seems rather unfair to Mr. McMahon.

    I found this translation extremely difficult to understand, and the "Metaphysics" is famously difficult in any case. That does not necessarily mean it is a bad translation. I suspect (suspect is all I can do) that it is a very literal translation, and thus may be very useful for some purposes. In any case, however, it was not the right translation for me, as a first-time English reader of "Metaphysics". The 1998 translation by High Tancred-Lawson (Penguin Classics) is much better for a first-time English reader, while that of W. D. Ross (1924) is the one that I recommend more than either this one or the Tancred-Lawson.

    Michael P. Levine's introductory essay is worth reading, but I would not buy the book just for that.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2010

    An inexpensive basic text of the Metaphysics

    This is a basic translation of the text of the Metaphysics with a short introduction and few notes. The translation is in a somewhat dated style of formal english, but is clear and as true to the original as any translation can be--and far less expensive than most.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 31, 2014

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    Walks in and kisses aqua

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