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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (26 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140446362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140446364
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aristotle was born at Stageira, in the dominion of the kings of Macedonia, in 384 BC. For twenty years he studied at Athens in the Academy of Plato, on whose death in 347 he left, and, some time later, became tutor of the young Alexander the Great. When Alexander succeeded to the throne of Macedonia in 335, Aristotle returned to Athens and established his school and research institute, the Lyceum, to which his great erudition attracted a large number of scholars.

After Alexander's death in 323, anti-Macedonian feeling drove Aristotle out of Athens, and he fled to Chalcis in Euboea, where he died in 322. His writings, which were of extraordinary range, profoundly affected the whole course of ancient and medieval philosophy, and they are still eagerly studied and debated by philosophers today. Very many of them have survived and among the most famous are the Ethics and the Politics.


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Aristotle was born at Stagira, in the dominion of the kings of Macedonia, in 384 BC. For twenty years he studied at Athens in the Academy of Plato. However he left on Plato's death and, some time later, became the tutor of young Alexander The Great.His writings have profoundly affected the whole course of ancient and medieval philosophy, and they are still studied and debated today.

Malcolm Heath has been Reader in Greek Language and Literature at Leeds University since 1991.


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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By "neobn" on 12 Oct. 2002
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If you have an interest in writing, or in Literature, or even philosophy or psychology, then Aristotle's Poetics is a very good book for you to read: Aristotle had a burning desire to understand the drives and ambitions of human beings -- he yearned to understand the human world. In the book, Malcolm Heath explains (very well, I might add) the thoughts of Aristotle, concerning his understanding of the human necessity for expression. If you want to be a writer, or want to comprehend the roots of Literature, Poetics is a vital source of essential and fundamental information. Heath additionally refers to many of Aristotle's other notes in order to present an unbiased and comprehensive case. I very much recommend this book to anyone, especially those who wish to write fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Fiona Allen on 29 April 2013
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Anyone studying literature or drama in particular needs to have read this book. It is the ultimate reference work for serious students, and the language is so straightforward and clear that it reads as if it were a contemporary work, and not the millennia-old masterpiece that it really is.
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By Grace R. on 8 April 2015
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I just wanted this for context on Aristotelian Tragedy. It was definitely helpful, and it's interesting to read. The notes provided by the translator are very useful and he includes ideas from some of Aristotle's other works. I was glad of this since Poetics actually doesn't include much about Katharsis, that whole section appears to have been lost.
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This pamphlet-sized volume is not worth £8.99. Penguin has obviously just priced it with some kind of devilish algorithm. Dissapointed.
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By Sidney Lee Berthier on 2 July 2015
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Good translation with great notes. The cover is a bit underwhelming but it's fine. Easily recommended.
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An absolute must-read for anyone interested in storytelling. THE must-read book for writers.
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