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The Rhetoric and Poetics of Aristotle Paperback – 1 Jan 1984

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  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; First Edition edition (1 Jan 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0075546027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0075546023
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 1.8 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,898,768 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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Translated by Rhys Roberts and Ingram Bywater, Introduction by Edward P.J. Corbett

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By opus on 3 Nov 2011
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What a pity the second book of The Poetics has not survived. In reading the first, however I remember learning some of its basics - for example, that plots have beginnings, middles and ends, at school - I just did not know where the ideas came from.

The three books of The Rhetoric are even better especially (from my point of view as a court lawyer) with Aristotle's advice as to representation in court.

This Barnes and Noble edition is very helpful in that it has a useful introduction and copious notes. Nice to handle too.
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A Good Edition and a Fine Translation 5 Jun 2012
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First, this edition is helpful for those who like to see the "big picture" toward the beginning of study. There is a well written and insightful introduction as well as a one paragraph summary of each chapter. Very nice.

I picked this translation after thumbing through three or four alternatives at a used bookstore. This seemed readable, yet not dumbed down. A great find.
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Better understanding of emotions 12 April 2013
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I enjoyed reading the articles on how to game plan to deliver a speech or debate by taking account of audience and their emotions. I have used it at work for speaking in front of colleagues. It makes me a better person- conversing with family and neighbors.
reasonably readable 6 Mar 2014
By Bradley W. Bleck - Published on Amazon.com
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Aristotle, depending upon the translation, can be quite the slog. This isn't something most would read for pleasure. I chose it over the Lawson-Tancred translation because it's a bit more of an accessible translation and it has plenty of introductory materials and over views to help students make sense of the prose.
Good book 2 Oct 2013
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my class on rhetorical criticism. I really love Aristotle...great book!! Aristotle was a smart man!
A classic. 10 Aug 2013
By Mary L. Herring - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're into the English language, debate, or just being persuasive, you really should start with this book. It's a little thick for reading material - definitely not a beach book. But it's filled with tried and true aphorisms and directions to becoming a better speaker and writer. Go, Aristotle!
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