Aristotle is really a thinker and as a theorist of poetry, yet he was once additionally a composer of songs and verse. this can be the 1st entire research of Aristotle's poetic task, studying 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 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 non secular contexts.

Aristotle's literary antecedents are studied with an extraordinary fullness that considers the whole 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 posh and refined poem, the track for Hermias is noteworthy as one of many first Greek lyrics for which now we have great and early proof for a way and the place it used to be composed, played, and bought. 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 make the most of being learn as scripts for performances that either formed and have been formed by means of the social events within which they have been played. the result's a radical and wide-ranging research of a fancy and interesting literary record that offers a fuller view of literature within the past due classical age.

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