The Politics of Aristotle

The Politics of Aristotle

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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… 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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The past few years have seen a spate of new translations of classic texts in philosophy, in part because of more complete texts on which to base the translations and in part because of a desire to render the texts in a more contemporary English. Simpson (classics and philosophy, CUNY) has produced a fresh and lively translation that is perhaps more logically ordered. He makes a strong case for rearranging the standard order of the books of the Politics to provide a sequence more in keeping with Aristotle's intentions, positioning Books 7 and 8 to follow Book 3. The text begins with a translation of Book 10, Chapter 9 of the Nicomachean Ethics, which Simpson argues is a precursor to the Politics. A comparison with standard translations, such as those of Jowett and Barker, indicates that Simpson put much effort into this version and clarified a number of points that earlier translations left unclear. An excellent addition to all academic and major public libraries.Terry C. Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec

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Peter Simpson's translation is of high quality: it is precise and follows the Greek without sacrificing readability. . . . [He] offers the only available translation which enables students to read the Politics in a way which many scholars believe makes the best sense of Aristotle's argument.—Fred D. Miller Jr., Bowling Green State University

Professor Simpson's translation of Aristotle's Politics is at the same time the most accessible and the most accurate translation of this difficult and vitally important book into English. His rendering of the Greek is clear and readable, and it is as close to being a literal reflection of the original as one could hope for; students will find the chapter divisions and subdivisions an aid to comprehension and the summary introductions to each section exceedingly helpful. This is no ordinary translation; it is an highly ambitious attempt to make an old and famous book fully accessible to modern readers for the first time. The introduction is an invitation to rethink much of what we have supposed concerning Aristotle's Politics.—Paul A. Rahe, Yale University

Peter Simpson's translation is of high quality: it is precise and follows the Greek without sacrificing readability. It also provides valuable aids such as headings which enable readers to find their way through the often difficult text. This edition is also unique in two respects. First, it starts with the final chapter of the Nichomachean Ethics as a preface to the Politics. This seems reasonable because the Nichomachean Ethics concludes with a transition to political philosophy, and the Politics evidently presupposes Aristotle's ethical theory at critical junctures. Second, and more fundamentally, it departs from the traditional ordering of the books. Many leading commentators—including W. L. Newman, F. Susemihl, and R. D. Hicks—have argued that the so-called 'middle' books (iv through vi in the traditional numbering) presuppose and advance beyond the books traditionally numbered vii and viii. By transposing the traditional books iv through vi to the end, Simpson offers the only available translation which enables students to read the Politics in a way which many scholars believe makes the best sense of Aristotle's argument.—Fred D. Miller Jr., Bowling Green State University

Peter Simpson's translation of Aristotle's Politics is not only an outstanding literal translation, but it is a godsend for teaching the Politics to undergraduates.—Philosophy in Review

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