By Andrew L. Ford

Aristotle can be 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 task, reading his last fragments in terms of the sooner poetic culture and to the literary tradition of his time. Its centerpiece is a research of the one whole ode to outlive, a tune commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, Aristotle's spouse's father and purchaser 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 unparalleled fullness that considers the complete diversity of Greek poetic varieties, together with poems through Sappho, Pindar, and Sophocles, and prose texts to boot. except its curiosity as a fancy and refined poem, the tune for Hermias is noteworthy as one of many first Greek lyrics for which we now have giant and early proof for the way and the place it used to be composed, played, and got. 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 e-book argues that Greek lyric poems take advantage of being learn as scripts for performances that either formed and have been formed by way of the social events during which they have been played. the result's a radical and wide-ranging research of a fancy and interesting literary rfile that offers a fuller view of literature within the past due classical age.

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