Aristotle as Poet: The Song for Hermias and Its Contexts - download pdf or read online

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 is often the 1st finished research of Aristotle's poetic job, studying his last fragments relating to the sooner poetic culture and to the literary tradition of his time. Its centerpiece is a examine of the only whole 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 related 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 remarkable fullness that considers the total diversity of Greek poetic varieties, 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 now have enormous and early proof for a way and the place it used to be composed, played, and acquired. It hence gives a chance to reconstruct how Greek lyric texts functioned as functionality items and the way they circulated and have been preserved. The booklet argues that Greek lyric poems cash in on 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 examine of a posh and interesting literary rfile that provides a fuller view of literature within the overdue classical age.

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