On Great Writing (on the Sublime)

ISBN-10: 0872200809

ISBN-13: 9780872200807

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Celebrated for its own clarity and sublime style, this classic work of literary theory draws on the writings of Demosthenes, Plato, Sappho, Thucydides, Euripides, and Aeschylus, among others, to examine and delineate the essentials of a noble style. The complete translation, from the Greek of A. O. Prickard's Oxford text, features an introduction by Grube, establishing the historical and critical context of the work, and a biographical index.
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Book details

List price: $9.00
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 88
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

"Longinus" is the name given to the author of "On the Sublime" (c. 1st century a.d.), a treatise that defines the characteristics of the lofty style in literature, using Homer, Plato and Demosthenes as the chief examples. Translated by Nicolas Boileau in 1674, it greatly influenced literary theory until the early nineteenth century and is of lasting importance as a brilliant critique of classical literature.

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