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By Andrew L. Ford

ISBN-10: 0199733295

ISBN-13: 9780199733293

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 finished examine of Aristotle's poetic job, reading his ultimate fragments in terms of the sooner poetic culture and to the literary tradition of his time. Its centerpiece is a learn of the only whole ode to outlive, a track commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, Aristotle's partner's father and customer within the 340's BCE. This impressive textual content is expounded to have embroiled the thinker in fees of impiety and so is studied either from a literary point of view and in its political and non secular contexts.

Aristotle's literary antecedents are studied with an exceptional fullness that considers the complete diversity of Greek poetic varieties, together with poems by means of Sappho, Pindar, and Sophocles, and prose texts in addition. except its curiosity as a fancy and refined poem, the music for Hermias is noteworthy as one of many first Greek lyrics for which we have now massive and early facts for the way and the place it used to be composed, played, and obtained. It hence provides 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 through the social events within which they have been played. the result's a radical and wide-ranging research of a posh and engaging literary record that offers a fuller view of literature within the past due classical age.

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