By D. A. Russell

ISBN-10: 0520044665

ISBN-13: 9780520044661

The continues to be of classical literature include a great deal of scattered literary thought, even though tough it can be to divine a constant view one of the conflicting pursuits of students, moralists and academics of rhetoric. This publication makes an attempt to research the most subject matters opposed to their historic history. It discusses old ideals and theories in terms of idea, the poet's message, imitation, the rhetorical method of literature, category of literary genres and the traditional experience of literary background. Aristotle, the Alexandrians, Longinus, Horace and different historic critics have outlined and inspired a severe terminology and procedure for later generations of writers and critics. This version may still end up necessary to scholars of recent literary feedback and scholars of Greek and Latin.

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I n any case, the soc ial condi tions whic h had fos tered the Attic thea tre, a nd were to give a brief heyda y to the Roman stage in lhe second ccmury B. , seem to ha \'e been absent. Lyri c too had lilt l<: ch;,nce of significant revival. Th e musical and me tri cal tec hniqut-s we re difficult , and soo n forgone n. Sc holarl y interest in th e various genres of lyric and in the int erpretatio n or survi ving texts did not lead 10 imitation. ,.. ' The re remained eleg y, iambic and above a ll lhe hexameter epi c.

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U u dramm b (or rotuits, such as Alexandrian tragedians wrote, never had much lifc. -s in drama tic rhe wric and ilhf)J rather than in plot_con~ truct ion. Scnecan tra ged y is their direct descendan t. Th e one co ndition on which, in Ari stotle's vie w, they might have succeeded , wi\.! thus nOI fulfilled. 'Irs, based on Helle nist ic sources, re Aee ts these imperfec{ions : he discusses consistcnc), o f charaCler, techniques of chorus and messenger, a nd SO o n, but says nothing about probability and necess ily in the plOI, nothing aboUI happ y and unhappy endin~, nothing aoout recog nitio n a nd pnifultia.

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