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Aristotle as Poet: The Song for Hermias and Its Contexts

Andrew L. Ford


This book studies Aristotle’s poetic activity in light of an ode he composed commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, his father in law and patron in the 340’s BCE. This remarkable text is said to have later embroiled the philosopher in charges of impiety and so is studied both from a literary perspective and as a window onto the poetic practices of the later fourth century. Aristotle’s literary antecedents are studied with an unprecedented fullness that considers the entire range of the literary tradition, including poems by Sappho, Pindar, and Sophocles, and prose texts as well. Particular attenti ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, lyric poetry, performance, genre, literary criticism, Hermias of Atarneus, song

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199733293
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew L. Ford, author
Princeton University