Aristotle's Poetics

Background

Aristotle's work on aesthetics consists of the Poetics, Politics (Bk VIII) and Rhetoric.[6][7] The Poetics was lost to the Western world for a long time. The text was restored to the West in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance only through a Latin translation of an Arabic version written by Averroes.[8] At some point during antiquity, the original text of the Poetics was divided in two, each "book" written on a separate roll of papyrus.[9] Only the first part – that which focuses on tragedy and epic (as a quasi-dramatic art, given its definition in Ch 23) – survives. The lost second part addressed comedy.[9] Some scholars speculate that the Tractatus coislinianus summarises the contents of the lost second book.[10]


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