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By Andrew L. Ford

Aristotle can be a thinker and as a theorist of poetry, yet he used to be additionally a composer of songs and verse. this is often the 1st complete learn of Aristotle's poetic job, reading his last fragments relating to the sooner poetic culture and to the literary tradition of his time. Its centerpiece is a examine of the one entire ode to outlive, a tune commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, Aristotle's better half's father and buyer 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 point of view and in its political and non secular contexts.

Aristotle's literary antecedents are studied with an unheard of fullness that considers the total variety of Greek poetic types, together with poems through Sappho, Pindar, and Sophocles, and prose texts to boot. except its curiosity as a posh and refined poem, the music for Hermias is noteworthy as one of many first Greek lyrics for which we've got large and early proof for the way and the place it used to be composed, played, and acquired. 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 cash in on 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 learn of a fancy and engaging literary record that provides a fuller view of literature within the past due classical age.

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