Aristotle as Poet: The Song for Hermias and Its Contexts by Andrew L. Ford PDF

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 entire research of Aristotle's poetic job, examining his last fragments on the subject of the sooner poetic culture and to the literary tradition of his time. Its centerpiece is a examine of the one whole ode to outlive, a track commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, Aristotle's better half's father and shopper within the 340's BCE. This outstanding 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 extraordinary fullness that considers the complete variety of Greek poetic kinds, together with poems by means of Sappho, Pindar, and Sophocles, and prose texts in addition. except its curiosity as a fancy and sophisticated poem, the track for Hermias is noteworthy as one of many first Greek lyrics for which we have now huge and early facts for a way and the place it was once composed, played, and obtained. It hence presents 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 benefit from being learn as scripts for performances that either formed and have been formed by way of the social events within which they have been played. the result's an intensive and wide-ranging examine of a posh and engaging literary rfile that provides a fuller view of literature within the past due classical age.

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