New PDF release: Aristotle as Poet: The Song for Hermias and Its Contexts

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 learn of Aristotle's poetic task, studying his ultimate fragments with regards to the sooner poetic culture and to the literary tradition of his time. Its centerpiece is a learn of the one entire ode to outlive, a track commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, Aristotle's spouse'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 unheard of fullness that considers the total diversity of Greek poetic kinds, together with poems through Sappho, Pindar, and Sophocles, and prose texts to boot. except its curiosity as a posh and sophisticated poem, the music for Hermias is noteworthy as one of many first Greek lyrics for which we've got colossal and early proof for the way and the place it was once composed, played, and bought. 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 way of the social events during which they have been played. the result's an intensive and wide-ranging learn of a posh and engaging literary rfile that provides a fuller view of literature within the past due classical age.

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