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By Andrew L. Ford

Aristotle can be a thinker and as a theorist of poetry, yet he was once additionally a composer of songs and verse. this is often the 1st accomplished examine of Aristotle's poetic job, reading his final 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 track commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, Aristotle's better half's father and shopper within the 340's BCE. This outstanding textual content is related 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 spiritual contexts.

Aristotle's literary antecedents are studied with an extraordinary fullness that considers the whole 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 now we have gigantic and early proof for a way and the place it was once composed, played, and obtained. It therefore presents a chance to reconstruct how Greek lyric texts functioned as functionality items and the way they circulated and have been preserved. The ebook argues that Greek lyric poems benefit from being learn as scripts for performances that either formed and have been formed through the social events within which they have been played. the result's a radical and wide-ranging learn of a fancy and interesting literary rfile that provides a fuller view of literature within the overdue classical age.

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