Aristotle; 384 - 322 BCE, was a Greek philosopher born in Stagirus, northern Greece, in 384 BCE. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter Proxenus of Atarneus became his guardian. At eighteen, he joined Plato's Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven (c. 347 BCE). His writings cover many subjects - including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government - and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip of Macedonia, tutored Alexander the Great between 356 and 323 BCE. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "Aristotle was the first genuine scientist in history. ... Every scientist is in his debt."
The Poetics of Aristotleby Aristotle, Samuel Henry Butcher
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In this work we have Aristotle the critic and analyzer rather than Aristotle the philosopher. the Poetics will be better understood, therefore, and more appropriable if it is read and thought of as the analysis and judgments of a keen mind trying to reduce a mass of Greek poetic material to some intelligible order so that its nature and forms could be better understood.
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Over half the book is unreadable due to uncorrected OCR. Portions of text scanned in as graphics and were left that way (ironically making more readable portions)
An ancient classic of dramatic theory. I found it very interesting.
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