Classical Literary Criticism by Penelope VariousClassical Literary Criticism by Penelope Various

Classical Literary Criticism

byPenelope VariousTranslated byPenelope Murray, T. S. Dorsch

Paperback | May 1, 2001

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This anthology brings together core classical texts for understanding literature. The selections from Plato illustrate the poetic philosopher's surprising exclusion of poets from his ideal republic. In his response, Poetics, Aristotle draws on the works of the great Greek playwrights to defend the value of the art. Horace's The Art of Poetry is a vivid practitioner's guide that promotes a style of poetic craftsmanship rooted in wisdom, ethical insight, and decorum. Longinus's On the Sublime explores the nature of inspiration in poetry and prose. This volume is a work of great value and interest to classicists, students, and writers.

In her Introduction, Penelope Murray compares and contrasts the viewpoints of these formidable critics as well as their impact on the Western tradition. This edition also includes a new bibliography and chronology and comprehensive notes to each of the texts.

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Aristotle, 384 B.C. - 322 B. C. Aristotle was born at Stagira, in Macedonia, in 384 B.C. At the age of 17, he went to Athens to study at Plato's Academy, where he remained for about 20 years, as a student and then as a teacher. When Plato died in 347 B.C., Aristotle moved to Assos, a city in Asia Minor, where a friend of his, Hermias, ...
Title:Classical Literary CriticismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:May 1, 2001Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140446516

ISBN - 13:9780140446517

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Table of Contents

1. Homer and the Early Greek Poets
2. Aristophanes
3. Gorgias and the Sophists
4. Plato
5. Aristotle
6. The Alexandrians
7. Horace
8. Longinus
9. Epilogue

Further Reading

Literary Chronology

Republic 2
Republic 3
Republic 10


The Art of Poetry

On the Sublime


From Our Editors

This new edition of Classical Literary Criticism features clear and accessible translations of ancient literary criticism milestones: Plato’s Ion, Republic, Aristotle’s Poetics, Horace’s The Art of Poetry and Longinus’ On the Sublime. These canonical texts have been instrumental in our understanding of Western literature. Plato is considered the most poetic philosopher, yet he distrusted the poets’ divine power to affect our feelings. Aristotle responded by defending art’s value. His tragedy analysis, with key concepts like catharsis, has influenced generations of critics. Horace presents a practitioner’s guide promoting wise, ethical and insightful poetic craftsmanship. Longinus examines what inspires poetry and prose.