Unity in Greek Poetics

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byM. Heath

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The belief that a text is, or ought to be, a unity often plays a crucial role in literary interpretation and evaluation; but critics of classical literature do not seem sufficiently alert to the possibility that their criteria may be different from those which underlay the composition andreception of literary texts in the ancient world. The aim of this book is to reconstruct ancient Greek assumptions about literary unity. It discusses some literary examples, but its main concern is with ancient secondary texts - literary theory and criticism - undertaking a systematic survey from Plato and Aristotle down to the laterNeoplatonists. There is also a brief review of the post-classical history of the concept of literary unity.

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The belief that a text is, or ought to be, a unity often plays a crucial role in literary interpretation and evaluation; but critics of classical literature do not seem sufficiently alert to the possibility that their criteria may be different from those which underlay the composition andreception of literary texts in the ancient world...

M. Heath is at University of Leeds.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198140592

ISBN - 13:9780198140597

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