Classical Literary Criticism

Classical Literary Criticism


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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140446517
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Series: Classics Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 985,702
Product dimensions: 5.11(w) x 7.77(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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


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