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By Andrew L. Ford

Aristotle is mostly a thinker and as a theorist of poetry, yet he was once additionally a composer of songs and verse. this is often the 1st complete examine of Aristotle's poetic job, reading his last fragments when it comes to the sooner poetic culture and to the literary tradition of his time. Its centerpiece is a learn of the one whole ode to outlive, a music commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, Aristotle's partner's father and shopper within the 340's BCE. This extraordinary textual content is expounded to have embroiled the thinker in fees of impiety and so is studied either from a literary viewpoint and in its political and spiritual contexts.

Aristotle's literary antecedents are studied with an remarkable fullness that considers the complete variety of Greek poetic kinds, together with poems by means of Sappho, Pindar, and Sophocles, and prose texts besides. except its curiosity as a posh and sophisticated poem, the track for Hermias is noteworthy as one of many first Greek lyrics for which now we have titanic and early proof for the way and the place it used to be composed, played, and acquired. It therefore offers a chance to reconstruct how Greek lyric texts functioned as functionality items and the way they circulated and have been preserved. The ebook argues that Greek lyric poems cash in on being learn as scripts for performances that either formed and have been formed by means of the social events within which they have been played. the result's a radical and wide-ranging learn of a fancy and engaging literary rfile that provides a fuller view of literature within the overdue classical age.

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