Aristoteles, Poetica,Roma, 1642

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During the golden age of ancient Greece bards roamed the countryside mesmerizing crowds by reciting the epics of Homer. Men and women came together and burst into tears by tragedies performed outside in amphitheaters during sacred festivals. Such an amazingly powerful and profound experience for an entire population. What was going on here; why were people so deeply affected? The sharpest, most analytic mind in the history of the West set himself the task of answering just this question.

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Aristoteles. Poetica d’Aristotile tradotta dal greco nell’italiano da Ottauiano Castelli Spoletino maestro delle poste del Re Christianissimo Luigi XIII. Dedicata All Eminintiss. Et Reverendiss. Sig. il Signor Card. Mazarini. In Roma: per Domenico Marciani, 1642.

Extremely rare edition of Aristotele’s „ Poetica”, the forbidden book on laughter that inspired Umberto Eco’s „The name of the rose”.

The text was translated in Italian from Greek by Ottaviano Castelli ( 1602-1642) Italian doctor of law and medicine and amateur writer, scene painter and composer. He belonged to the intellectual circle of the nephews of Pope Urban VIII ( Barberini), for whom he organized numerous spectacles at Rome.

The „Poetica” is a treatise by Aristotele, written for educational purposes, probably between 334 and 330 BC, and is the first example, in Western civilization, of an analysis of art distinct from ethics and morals. In his Poetica, Aristotele examines tragedy and epic. The existence of a second book dealing with the comedy ( Commedia) was speculated by the Nestorian patriarch Timothy I, but most today’s critics give a negative opinion to this hypothesis.

During the golden age of ancient Greece bards roamed the countryside mesmerizing crowds by reciting the epics of Homer. Men and women came together and burst into tears by tragedies performed outside in amphitheaters during sacred festivals. Such an amazingly powerful and profound experience for an entire population. What was going on here; why were people so deeply affected? The sharpest, most analytic mind in the history of the West set himself the task of answering just this question.

In his account of Greek tragedy, Aristotle examines the dramatic elements of plot, character, language and spectacle that combine to produce pity and fear in the audience, and asks why we derive pleasure from this painful process. He takes examples from the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides and explains how the most effective tragedies rely on complication and resolution, recognition and reversals, centring on characters of heroic stature, idealized yet true to life. One of the most powerful, perceptive and influential works of criticism in Western literary history, the Poetics has informed serious thinking about drama ever since.

This stunning book is generally recognized as the starting point of literary criticism. It is complex and insightful at the same time, not easy to read, but if you are interested in philosophical aspect of human life then this is the perfect book to enrich your collection.

Ex libris of Horace Baron de Landau, french private banker and bibliophile.

Printer device with motto „Ventis Dabo Vela Secundis” ( It’s easy to unfold the sails with wind in our favour) at verso of last leaf. Contemporary full vellum binding.

pp. (16), 75 (1)

13 x 7,5 cm

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During the golden age of ancient Greece bards roamed the countryside mesmerizing crowds by reciting the epics of Homer. Men and women came together and burst into tears by tragedies performed outside in amphitheaters during sacred festivals. Such an amazingly powerful and profound experience for an entire population. What was going on here; why were people so deeply affected? The sharpest, most analytic mind in the history of the West set himself the task of answering just this question.

In his account of Greek tragedy, Aristotle examines the dramatic elements of plot, character, language and spectacle that combine to produce pity and fear in the audience, and asks why we derive pleasure from this painful process. He takes examples from the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides and explains how the most effective tragedies rely on complication and resolution, recognition and reversals, centring on characters of heroic stature, idealized yet true to life. One of the most powerful, perceptive and influential works of criticism in Western literary history, the Poetics has informed serious thinking about drama ever since.

This stunning book is generally recognized as the starting point of literary criticism. It is complex and insightful at the same time, not easy to read, but if you are interested in philosophical aspect of human life then this is the perfect book to enrich your collection.