Chapter

Endurance

Andrew Ford

in Aristotle as Poet

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199733293
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733293.003.0009
Endurance

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The final word of Aristotle’s song suggests that he composed with future performance and possibly even reading in mind, and this chapter considers the poem’s strategies for survival in light of the fourth-century culture of commemoration. A fragment of an elegiac poem Aristotle wrote to Eudemus in honor of Plato is read for its concern with techniques of memorialisation. The subsequent career of the Hermias song is outlined, starting from references to Hermias in the sixth Platonic epistle and leading on into the strange fate of Aristotle’s library after his death.

Keywords: Aristotle’s elegiacs to Eudemus; Platonic epistles; dedications; altars; Lyceum; ancient libraries; Apellicon

Chapter.  5021 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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