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(1st c. ad)

Shadowy author of the Greek treatise usually known as On the Sublime. This is one of the most important works of literary criticism to come down from the classical world, containing both detailed appreciations of passages from Homer, Euripides, Demosthenes and others, and general reflections, especially on the element of pathos involved, and the relation between great writing and greatness of mind. The work gained influence in Europe through the French translation of 1674 by Boileau. See also sublime.

Subjects: Philosophy — Literature.


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