Poetics / Edition 1

Poetics / Edition 1

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by Aristotle, Richard Janko
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
9780872200333
Publisher:
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1987
Series:
Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
235
Sales rank:
1,307,469
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to 1998 edition
Abbreviations
IThe Setting of the Poetics1
IIAristotle's Aesthetics 1: Art and its Pleasure42
IIIAristotle's Aesthetics 2: Craft, Nature and Unity in Art82
IVMimesis109
VAction and Character138
VITragedy and the Emotions168
VIIFallibility & Misfortune: The Secularisation of the Tragic202
VIIIThe Chorus of Tragedy238
IXEpic, Comedy and Other Genres253
XInfluence & Status: the Nachleben of the Poetics286
App. 1The Date of the Poetics324
App. 2The Poetics and Plato331
App. 3Drama in the Theatre: Aristotle on Spectacle (opsis)337
App. 4Aristotle on Language (lexis)344
App. 5Interpretations of katharsis350
Bibliography357
Index365

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