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Poetics [Greek, Modern (1453-)]


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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.


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.
Possibly the next most important work of literary theory and criticism to survive the wreck of antiquity...is the brilliant treatise Peri hupseos, attributed to someone called Longinus... In this second Loeb edition, the earlier Hamilton Fyfe translation has been overhauled by Donald Russell, surely the greatest living authority on Longinus.
This re-edition cum revision of the three most seminal ancient Greek treatises in the aesthetics of literature is much to be welcomed. Together with a new translation of Aristotle's Poetics by Stephen Halliwell, it provides a spruced up version of W. H. Fyfe's spirited rendering of On the Sublime, and a comprehensive revision of W. Rhys Roberts' 1927 edition and translation of On Style. In all three cases new introductions and generous annotations bring the reader up to date with recent scholarship... The volume as a whole succeeds in meeting both the needs of non-classically trained readers and the requirements of scholars. For that reason it cannot be recommended too warmly.--Suzanne Stern-Gillet "British Journal of Aesthetics "
Under the general editorship of George Gould, the careful revision of the Loeb series continues, with this volume 23 of Aristotle. The Poetics is, of course, the jewel in this crown... It is a tall enough order, at the end of the twentieth century to attempt one translation of Aristotle's Poetics, but Stephen Halliwell has now produced two... This new Loeb edition is, by design, noticeably closer to the Greek than Halliwell's earlier translation. The Greek text itself is a vast improvement over that of Hamilton Fyfe's Loeb, which was based on Vahlen's edition of 1885.

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