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Poetics. Longinus: On the Sublime. Demetrius: On Style / Edition 2

Poetics. Longinus: On the Sublime. Demetrius: On Style / Edition 2

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This volume brings together the three most influential ancient Greek treatises on literature. Aristotle’s Poetics contains his treatment of Greek tragedy: its history, nature, and conventions, with details on poetic diction. Stephen Halliwell makes this seminal work newly accessible with a reliable text and a translation that is both accurate and readable. His authoritative introduction traces the work’s debt to earlier theorists (especially Plato), its distinctive argument, and the reasons behind its enduring relevance.
The essay On the Sublime, usually attributed to “Longinus” (identity uncertain), was probably composed in the first century CE; its subject is the appreciation of greatness (“the sublime”) in writing, with analysis of illustrative passages ranging from Homer and Sappho to Plato. In this edition, Donald A. Russell has revised and newly annotated the text and translation by W. Hamilton Fyfe, and supplied a new introduction.
The treatise On Style, ascribed to an (again unidentifiable) “Demetrius”, was perhaps composed during the secod century BCE. It is notable particularly for its theory and analysis of four distinct styles (grand, elegant, plain, and forceful). Doreen Innes’s fresh rendering of the work is based on the earlier Loeb translation by W. Rhys Roberts. Her new introduction and notes represent the latest scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674995635
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #199
Edition description: 10th printing/1st pub.1927/2nd ed.1995
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 843,130
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.38(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

Stephen Halliwell is Professor of Greek at the University of St Andrews.

Donald A. Russell is Emeritus Professor of Classical Literature, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford.

Doreen C. Innes is a Fellow in Classics at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.

Table of Contents



Text and Translation

On The Sublime


Text and Translation

On Style


Text and Translation

Index to Poetics

Index to On The Sublime

Index to On Style

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For this edition [of the treatise On Style], Doreen Innes has quite extensively revised that version--with notably favorable results--and has provided a generous introduction, once again with a structural synopsis and bibliographic notes.

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