Ancient Literary Criticism: The Principal Texts in New by D. A. Russell, M. Winterbottom

By D. A. Russell, M. Winterbottom

Historic literary feedback has consistently been a very inaccessible topic for the non-specialist scholar. This version offers for the 1st time the critical texts in translation, giving the reader a whole view of historic literary feedback and its improvement. as well as recognized texts reminiscent of Aristotle's Poetics, Horace's artwork of Poetry, and Longinus's On Sublimity, the booklet contains entire models of Aristotle's Rhetoric e-book III, Demetrius's On kind, and Tacitus's discussion on Orators. it really is shorter passages variety from Homer to Hermogenes of Tarsus, as well as decisions from Plato, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Cicero, the 2 Senecas, and Quintilian.

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I? To please him? DIO. If you'll take my advice. EUR. No, no! There's many a prologue I'll manage to quote 1230 that will baffle him yet in attaching a litt'l old flask. AES. DIO. I The Greeks sometimes amused themselves by completing the structure of a broken quotation with a fixed phrase or 'tag' such as 'and the partridge leg'. So, in modem versions of the same pastime, tags used are 'pork and greens' or 'grandmother's big red toe'. Sometimes, as in this scene, when the game was for two players, an object of some kind could be staked, and won or forfeited according to success or failure in attaching the tag, cf.

To Aeschylus) What in fact did you do to instruct and produce so noble a breed of our manhood? DlO. Speak, Aeschylus, speak, no longer persist in your obstinate pride 1020 and displeasure. AES. There's a drama I wrote, full of war. DIO. How so? AES. 'Seven leagued against Thebes' was the title. Not a soul could have seen it without the desire himself to give proof of his mettle. DlO. How wrong of you, that! It's the army of Thebes that your warlike play has emboldened -and to side with our foes!

EUR. What are her own views, pray? 010. 'Her own', you ask. ' But tell me, you two, what you think about it. EUR. I hate a citizen should he prove slow to help his country and swift to do much harm, meeting his own needs well, shiftless in hers. DIO. Lord bless me, that's well said. (Turning to Aeschylus) And what's your view? 1430 AES. ' 010. Lord help me, I'm in a torment of indecision! One's given a clever, one a lucid answer. But state your views once more, you two, and tell us what means of saving the country you envisage.

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