9780198150411

Philodemus On Poems Book One

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    9780198150411

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    0198150415

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-03-29
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

The On Poems by Philodemus (c. 110-35 BC), the Epicurean philosopher and poet who taught Virgil and influenced Horace, is our main source for Hellenistic literary theory. In Book 1 Philodemus summarizes a survey of previously unknown poetic and aesthetic theories. Compiled by Crates of Mallosthis survey reviews the critical theories of earlier Epicureans, Peripatetics, and Stoics, who argued in some way that sound is the source of poetic excellence, and that the ear, unaided by the mind, can judge it. Philodemus led the reaction against this invasion of Hellenistic literary criticism bymusical theory, arguing that form and content are interrelated, and that substantive content, not pretty sound, is what makes poetry worthwhile. The 200 fragments of Book 1 were entirely jumbled after its discovery at the site of Vesuvius' destruction of Herculaneum. This edition reconstitutes their original sequence, according to a new method, while exploiting previously unknown manuscript sources and new techniques for reading the extantpieces. In thus restoring this important aesthetic treatise from antiquity, it makes a major addition to the corpus of classical literature.

Author Biography


Richard Janko, Professor of Greek at University College, London, and co-directs the Philodemus Translation Project. He was formerly Professor of Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xiii
List of Tables
xv
Introduction 1(2)
Philodemus of Gadara and his Aesthetic Works
3(8)
De poematis I: The History of the Text
11(37)
The Papyrus-Rolls of De poematis
11(4)
How the Papyri were Opened and Recorded
15(12)
The Contribution of the Interpreti
27(5)
Bernardo Quaranta and the Collectio Altera
32(7)
Previous Editions
39(9)
The Manuscripts of De poematis I
48(38)
The Papyrus: Catalogue, Condition, and Description
48(9)
The Neapolitan Disegni: Catalogue, Description, and Errors
57(11)
The Transcripts of the Interpreti
68(2)
Format and Script
70(5)
Syllabification, Orthography, and Punctuation
75(6)
Mistakes, Corrections, Accentuation, and Marginalia
81(5)
The Reconstruction of the Papyrus-Roll
86(34)
The Relative Sequence: Joins and Parallels
86(18)
The Absolute Sequence: Layers, Circumferences, and Roll-Length
104(10)
The Stichometry
114(6)
Philodemus' Sources and Opponents
120(70)
Crates of Mallos and the Kριτικoι
120(9)
Crates' Arguments against the Philosophers (Epicureans)
129(5)
The Musical Critics
134(4)
Megaclides of Athens
138(5)
Andromenides
143(11)
Crates' Arguments against the Critics
154(1)
Heracleodorus
155(10)
Pausimachus of Miletus and the Euphonist Tradition
165(25)
The Work: Purpose, Form, and Style
190(4)
The Purpose and Form of De poem. I-2
190(2)
Style, Authoriship, and Title
192(2)
The Present Edition
194(7)
System of Presentation
194(3)
Conspectus Siglorum
197(4)
φιγoδημoν Περι πoιηματων A' 201(250)
Conspectus Studiorum 451(11)
Concordances 462(33)
By papyrus and disegno
462(12)
By HV2
474(8)
By Hausrath
482(4)
By Sbordone
486(5)
By Nardelli
491(4)
Index Verborum 495(22)
Index Poetarum 517(2)
Index Locorum 519(21)
General Index 540

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