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By Andrew L. Ford

Aristotle is mostly a thinker and as a theorist of poetry, yet he used to be additionally a composer of songs and verse. this can be the 1st complete research of Aristotle's poetic job, examining his final fragments on the subject of the sooner poetic culture and to the literary tradition of his time. Its centerpiece is a research of the only whole ode to outlive, a tune commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, Aristotle's better half'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 unheard of fullness that considers the complete diversity of Greek poetic varieties, together with poems through Sappho, Pindar, and Sophocles, and prose texts in addition. except its curiosity as a posh and sophisticated poem, the music for Hermias is noteworthy as one of many first Greek lyrics for which now we have monstrous and early facts for the way and the place it was once 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 within which they have been played. the result's an intensive and wide-ranging research of a posh and interesting literary record that provides a fuller view of literature within the overdue classical age.

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