By Andrew L. Ford
Aristotle is mostly a thinker and as a theorist of poetry, yet he was once additionally a composer of songs and verse. this can be the 1st finished examine of Aristotle's poetic task, examining his closing fragments on the subject of the sooner poetic culture and to the literary tradition of his time. Its centerpiece is a examine of the only entire ode to outlive, a music commemorating Hermias of Atarneus, Aristotle's spouse's father and consumer within the 340's BCE. This awesome textual content is related to have embroiled the thinker in fees of impiety and so is studied either from a literary viewpoint and in its political and spiritual contexts.Aristotle's literary antecedents are studied with an unparalleled fullness that considers the whole diversity of Greek poetic kinds, together with poems through Sappho, Pindar, and Sophocles, and prose texts in addition. except its curiosity as a fancy and sophisticated poem, the track for Hermias is noteworthy as one of many first Greek lyrics for which we have now immense and early facts for a way and the place it was once composed, played, and bought. It hence offers a chance to reconstruct how Greek lyric texts functioned as functionality items and the way they circulated and have been preserved. The booklet argues that Greek lyric poems make the most of being learn as scripts for performances that either formed and have been formed through the social events within which they have been played. the result's a radical and wide-ranging learn of a posh and engaging literary record that provides a fuller view of literature within the past due classical age.
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Why should it matter, then, that in the case of Aristotle’s song we happen to have external evidence His t o r y an d C o n t e x t 15 about its honoree? It is not obvious that this adventitious knowledge obliges us to interpret this poem in its context. These details might interest historians of the northeast Aegean but not necessarily readers of poetry. 5 In this light, the metaphor “nursling” could be read as a deliberate counterassertion, rooting Hermias in the soil of Atarneus as a native.
It is not obvious that this adventitious knowledge obliges us to interpret this poem in its context. These details might interest historians of the northeast Aegean but not necessarily readers of poetry. 5 In this light, the metaphor “nursling” could be read as a deliberate counterassertion, rooting Hermias in the soil of Atarneus as a native. Support for the assumption that legitimacy was at issue can be taken from the similar way in which Himerius introduces him, “Hermias of Atarneus by ’ birth” (\E ε´ ς A ε ` ς ε´ oς, Or.
24 Things are a little clearer if we change the question and ask why, when he left, Aristotle ﬁrst headed for Asia Minor and Hermias. It seems likely that Hermias and Aristotle had prior connections to judge from the fact that Aristotle was, as Didymus puts it, “treated like family” (col. 63: o ’ ε ó ε´ ε o). 25 Aristotle is more likely to have known Hermias through family connections he had in Atarneus. At the risk of seeming a romantic novelist, I point out some suggestive connections that the tradition records.
Aristotle as Poet: The Song for Hermias and Its Contexts by Andrew L. Ford