Ancient Literary Criticism: The Principal Texts in New

Historical literary feedback has consistently been a very inaccessible topic for the non-specialist scholar. This version offers for the 1st time the relevant texts in translation, giving the reader a whole view of historical literary feedback and its improvement. as well as famous texts equivalent to Aristotle's Poetics, Horace's Art of Poetry, and Longinus's On Sublimity, the publication comprises whole models of Aristotle's Rhetoric publication III, Demetrius's On Style, and Tacitus's Dialogue on Orators. Its shorter passages diversity 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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DlO. Yes, my word, I've lain before now 930 'sleepless the long night-watches through' and inwardly debating whatever kind of bird the phrase 'a brown horse-cock' denoted. AES. An emblem, that was, painted on the ships, you ignoramus. DlO. And all the time I thought it meant Phil6xenos' boy, Eryxis! EUR. But should one write in tragic verse of even a barn-door rooster? AES. And,,"y0u, you god-forsaken rogue, of what, I ask, did you write? DlO. I The greatest of Aeschylus' predecessors: cf. 1300.

Readers of my translation should not, in the act of reading, try to work out the metrical patterns. My hope is that if they go ahead, as naturally as they would in reading the morning paper, most of the metrical patterns will assert themselves. Some of the patterns are not foreign to English poetry; and among that number is one which is well worth reproducing both because of its recurrence n, ARISTOPHANES, FROGS 15 in the Frogs and because Euripides, at one point, is criticized for a fault in his use of it.

DIO. In the act of offering? What sneakthief pinched it from him? EUR. Let it pass, friend. ' DIO. (Interrupting to close the scene) You'll bore me stiff! 'Lost his litt'l old flask', he'll say. The flasket sprouts on your prologues like styes on the eye. For god's sake turn instead to his choral songs. EUR. Of course, for I've got the means of showing him up as a bad song-writer who makes all his songs the same. 1250 What is afoot? What is starting now? So I ponder, and ask myself what are his incriminations?

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