Between Ecstasy and Truth: Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus

Between Ecstasy and Truth: Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus

by Stephen Halliwell


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ISBN-13: 9780198707011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/09/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Stephen Halliwell is Professor of Greek at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He taught previously at the universities of Oxford, London, Cambridge, and Birmingham, and has held visiting professorships in Belgium, Canada, Italy, and the USA. He has published extensively on Greek literature, philosophy, and culture, as well as on the influence of Greek texts in the later history of ideas. His last two books both won international prizes: Greek Laughter: A Study of Cultural Psychology from Homer to Early Christianity was awarded the Criticos Prize for 2008; The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems (2002) won the Premio Europeo d'Estetica in 2008, and has been translated into Italian.

Table of Contents

Note to the reader
1. Setting the Scene: Questions of Poetic Value in Greek Culture
2. Is there a Poetics in Homer?
3. Aristophanes' Frogs and the Failure of Criticism
4. To Banish or not to Banish? Plato's Unanswered Question about Poetry
5. Aristotle and the Experience of Tragic Emotion
6. Poetry in the Light of Prose: Gorgias, Isocrates, Philodemus
7. The Mind's Infinity: Longinus and the Psychology of the Sublime
Index locorum
Index of Greek Terms
General Index

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