Pub. Date: 11/01/2008
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
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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Table of Contents
Note on the Text and Translation
Analysis of the Argument
Index of Names
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Mr. Aristiotle has some disturbing views; he believes that women, children, and animals are lower in importance than Man. He feels that Man is the superior being on this planet. He allows feels that women and children have no rights and are to serve the man. He also contradicts Socrates' wisdom on almost every tenet. He speaks lowly of him as well, which is egoistic of Aristotle, plus, depicts his jealously of Socrates acumen and veneration. Surprisingly, people think Aristotle as the Top Philosopher...He is not; Socrates was and is. Plato is excellent, because he writes for Socrates and also believes is equality and not segregation and elitism. Aristotle has been illuminated more due to the fact that he was a prolific writer and ostensibly wanted to convince or condition people to his views, which were oppressive and discriminatory. Moreover, he writes in a dry, sometimes curt, and long-winded manner, which is boring and disengages the reader, mainly due to his ideals, but also in the manner he chooses to express it, which is devoid of Socrates' way. Read Socrates and Plato; use Aristotle to compare and contrast inferior thinking or a compromised psyche.