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Between Ecstasy and Truth: Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus

Stephen Halliwell


This book offers a series of detailed, challenging interpretations of some of the most important texts in the history of ancient Greek poetics: the Homeric epics, Aristophanes' Frogs, Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Poetics, Gorgias' Helen, Isocrates' treatises, Philodemus' On Poems, and Longinus, On the Sublime. Its fundamental concern is with how the Greeks conceptualized the experience of poetry and debated the value of that experience. The book's organizing theme is a recurrent Greek dialectic between ideas of poetry as, on the one hand, a powerfully enthralling experience in its own right ( ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, culture, ecstasy, emotion, ethics, imagination, literary theory, poetics, poetry, psychology, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Halliwell, author
Professor of Greek, University of St. Andrews.