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By Andrew L. Ford

Aristotle is really 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 research of Aristotle's poetic job, examining his final fragments with regards to 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 music commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, Aristotle's partner's father and purchaser within the 340's BCE. This extraordinary textual content is related 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 total variety of Greek poetic types, together with poems via Sappho, Pindar, and Sophocles, and prose texts besides. except its curiosity as a fancy and sophisticated poem, the track for Hermias is noteworthy as one of many first Greek lyrics for which now we have massive and early facts for a way and the place it was once composed, played, and bought. It hence offers a chance to reconstruct how Greek lyric texts functioned as functionality items and the way they circulated and have been preserved. The booklet argues that Greek lyric poems benefit from being learn as scripts for performances that either formed and have been formed via 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 overdue classical age.

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