Aristotle Poetics

Editio Maior of the Greek Text with Historical Introductions and Philological Commentaries


This important new editio maior of Aristotle's Poetics, based on all the primary sources, is a major contribution to scholarship. The introductory chapters provide important new insights about the transmission of the text to the present day and especially the significance of the Syro-Arabic tradition. The Greek text is accompanied by a detailed critical apparatus as well as Notes to the Text; in addition there is a Graeco-Arabic critical apparatus and commentary. An Index of Greek Words, Indices, and a Bibliography complement the work. This publication will be an indispensable tool for all Aristotelian scholars, historians of Greek literature and criticism, and specialists of the transmission and reception of classical works.
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Biographical Note

Leonardo Tarán, Ph.D. 1962 in Classics, Princeton University, is Jay Professor of the Greek and Latin Languages Emeritus at Columbia University. He has published extensively in the field of ancient philosophy, including Parmenides (1965), Academica (1975), Speusippus (1981), etc. Dimitri Gutas, PhD (1975) in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Yale University, is Professor of Arabic at Yale. He has published on the medieval Graeco-Arabic translation movement and its lexicography, the transmission of Greek philosophical texts into Arabic, and Arabic philosophy. Most recently he published the Greek text and medieval Arabic translation of Theophrastus, On First Principles (2010).

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" We gain two great benefits from this new editio maior of Aristotle's Poetics : a careful working- through and discussion of the Arabic witness to the text, and, consequently, an excellent apparatus criticus . [...] this is a valuable tool for those working on the Poetics and should become the edition of reference. Gutas' treatment of the Arabic text and Tarán's work on the MSS are exemplary." Michael McOsker in BMCR, 13.11.2012


This book will be of interest to institutes, academic libraries, public libraries, Hellenists, literary critics, Aristotelian scholars, and advanced students.