Aristotle by Aristotle & Joe Sachs

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A penetrating account of Greek tragedy, it demonstrates how the elements of plot, character and spectacle combine to produce 'pity and fear' - and why we derive pleasure from this apparently painful process. It introduces the crucial concepts of mimesis ('imitation'), hamartia ('error') and katharsis, which have informed serious thinking about drama ever since. It examines the mythological heroes, idealised yet true to life, whom Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides brought on to the stage. And it explains how the most effective plays rely on complication and resolution, recognitions and reversals.

Essential reading for all students of Greek literature, the Poetics remains equally stimulating for anyone interested in theatre today.


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Published September 26, 1996 by Penguin. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Letters in response to Harry V. Jaffa’s review of a new translation of “Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.”

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Both an embodiment of Plato's radical ideals and a reflection of the tumult of life in classical Greece, where small but powerful city-states struggled against one another for dominance, The Republic is a work that has fired the imaginations of generations of thinkers and politicians—sometimes to...

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Dante gets jumped by a group of boys, and Ari (short for Aristotle) punches a boy, breaking his nose.

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While Aristotle himself never declares this—not even in those passages on the Presocratic philosophers where this problem features most prominently—Halper argues convincingly that Aristotle's conviction about the possibility of a science as determined by a necessary degree of unity among the obje...

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When Aristotle uses a term he has used before, the same English word is used in the translation, and when Aristotle uses Greek synonyms, English synonyms are employed in the same manner by Keyt.

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